Originally published in The Vacaville Reporter on April 4,2018 By Kimberly K. Fu.
She’s a history buff, piano player, track runner and National Honor Society member.
Now Buckingham Charter sophomore Sariah Carson can add Optimist of Solano County essay contest winner to her growing list of accomplishments.
Next up for the 15-year-old Vacaville teen — the district competition and choosing a college.
“I was really excited when I got the phone call,” Sariah shared last week, a day before visiting the campuses of Spellman College and Brown University, among others. “It really made me feel proud of myself. It boosted my confidence.”
With encouragement from her mom, Sariah entered the competition with a two-page answer to the question “Can society function without respect?”
In her view, no.
“I thought about how respect can have an impact on how society functions,” the teen explained. “I said you couldn’t. You need respect to balance out everyone’s opinions.”
Without respect, she added, society can falter.
“Society without respect, is society in chaos,” she wrote in her essay. “As children we are taught to respect adults and our elders. Without respect in society, we would not be able to communicate well with each other.”
Respect is learned, Sariah said, and it seems that her generation may not be up to par on the quality.
Part of the reason — they’re growing up too fast.
Plus, their families and others just don’t seem to have the time to talk to them about or encourage them regarding respect, which leads to disrespect and other issues such as bullying.
“As a child, you remember your parents saying to always respect adults and your elders. As we get older we often lose respect for each other and sometimes for ourselves. There are many reasons why we may lose respect for someone such as lying, being treated unfairly, or spoken to in a mean way,” she stated in her essay. “If we don’t have respect for each other we won’t be able to communicate with each other. Without communication there would not be much of a society.”
All generations need to do better at respecting each other, Sariah pointed out. Respect, she continued, will equal a better world.