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December 21, 2014

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A look at interests, ambitions of Sun Youth Forum attendees

About 1,000 high school juniors and seniors attended the 55th annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, coming together with different interests, backgrounds and concerns. Here is a small sampling:

Josh Tolentino

Junior, Cheyenne High School

Clubs/activities: Key Club, Dance Club

Favorite book: “Cirque du Freak”

Favorite movie: “Fight Club”

Biggest Nevada concern: Water use

Biggest world concern: War

Plans: To become a professional dancer

How you want to be remembered at your high school reunion: As president of Key Club

Best part about living here: The Strip

Worst part: Pollution

Sound bite: “If it wasn’t for Key Club, I wouldn’t be dancing.”

Rebecca Chambers

Senior, Northwest Career and Technical Academy

Clubs/activities: National Honor Society, History Club

Favorite book: “The Lovely Bones”

Favorite movie: “Reservoir Dogs”

Biggest Nevada concern: Cuts in education funding

Biggest world concern: Protests in Egypt

Future plans: To go to UNLV to pursue a psychology degree

How you want to be remembered at your high school reunion: As the most changed person

Best part about living here: The heat

The worst part: The cold

Sound bite: “I’m very opposed to animal cruelty.”

Brandon Klock

Senior, Coronado High School

Clubs/activities: Henderson Police Explorer program

Favorite book: “Lone Survivor”

Favorite movie: “Black Hawk Down”

Biggest Nevada concern: Unemployment

Biggest world concern: War in Middle East

Future plans: To become a police officer and eventually a SWAT officer

How you want to be remembered at your high school reunion: Honest, respectful, friendly

Best part about living here: The concerts

Worst part: The weather

Sound bite: “I’m very supportive of the military and law enforcement. I’d do anything to help the soldiers.”

Amy Phommachit

Junior, Cimarron-Memorial High School

Clubs/activities: Volleyball

Favorite book: “Gulliver’s Travels”

Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”

Biggest Nevada concern: Cuts in education funding

Biggest world concern: Human trafficking

Future plans: To go to community college for two years and then to a bigger school to study interior design.

How you want to be remembered at your high school reunion: For being outrageous

Best part about living here: The city never sleeps

Worst part: Not being 21

Sound bite: “I think it’s good to approach things with an open mind and never be scared.”

Anthony Ramirez

Senior, Rancho High School

Clubs/activities: French Club, volleyball, cross country

Favorite Book: “Tuesdays with Morrie”

Favorite Movie: “Due Date”

Biggest Nevada concern: Education

Biggest world concern: The economy

Future plans: To study chemical engineering

How you want to be remembered at your high school reunion: As the slacker who made it

Best part about living here: The Strip

Worst part: The Strip

Sound bite: “I’m motivated and determined.”

DJ Jevtinijevic

Senior, Coronado High School

Clubs/activities: Mixed martial arts

Favorite book: Dr. Seuss

Favorite movie: "The Fast and the Furious" series

Biggest Nevada concern: The texting and driving law

Future Plans: Open a mixed martial arts gym to help pay for school and study psychology or criminology

How do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the funny guy

Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: There’s not much rain

Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The summer heat

Sound bite: "I try to not take life too seriously. I play lots of instruments, including guitar, piano, upright bass and drums."

Christian Astorga

Senior, Canyon Springs High School

Clubs/Activities: Student Council, Key Club, Junior Classical League

Favorite Book: Steve Jobs’ biography

Favorite Movie: "Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift"

Biggest Nevada concern: Education budget cuts

Biggest world concern: Occupy Wall Street

Future Plans: Major in business, hopefully at the University of Southern California

How do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the kid who sold T-shirts

Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: It’s one of the centers of the entertainment industry.

Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Not too much for kids to do

Sound bite: "I have a clothing line and through that I want to prove that kids can do anything."

Gabreella Friday

Senior, Advanced Technologies Academy

Clubs/Activities: Senior class vice president, tennis.

Favorite Book: "Night"

Favorite Movie: "The Dark Knight"

Biggest Nevada concern: School funding

Biggest world concern: The economy

Future Plans: I want to graduate from law school.

How do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the funny kid.

Best part about living here: The people

Worst part: The people

Sound bite: “Tennis is my passion.”

Alyssa Zerkle

Senior, Moapa Valley High School

Clubs/Activities: Cheerleading, forensics, jazz band

Favorite Book: "The Princess Bride"

Favorite Movie: "Pride and Prejudice"

Biggest Nevada concern: Education budgets

Biggest world concern: The economy

Future Plans: Go to college, hopefully at Brigham Young University, to study nursing

How do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As an outgoing girl who was really involved and helped people.

Best part about living here: I like the small-town feel of Moapa, but that Las Vegas is close

Worst part: Crime

Sound bite: “I’m conservative but I like to keep an open mind. I’m really into music.”

Diamond Thompson

Senior, Western High School

Clubs/Activities: Track and field

Favorite Book: "Twilight"

Favorite Movie: "The Butterfly Effect"

Biggest Nevada concern: Education and cuts to school activities

Biggest world concern: How foreign aid money is spent

Future Plans: I want to go to college, hopefully on a track scholarship, to study psychology.

How do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: That I was energetic, athletic and full of school spirit.

Best part about living here: The summer, I love the heat

Worst part: There aren’t many activities for young people

Sound bite: "I’m self-motivated, I don’t rely on others to get stuff done."

Stephanie Taboada

Senior, Liberty High School

Clubs/Activities: AP classes

Favorite Book: "Watership Down"

Favorite Movie: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

Biggest Nevada concern: The drinking age

Biggest world concern: The economy

Future Plans: To become a social worker

Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: It's fast-paced

Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: It's fast-paced

Sound bite: "I want to be a social worker because I’ve seen how hard it is for people. I want to help out as much as I can."

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