"Requests for proposals" went out to the high school students in October. Students formed up into teams, or architectural firms, and drew up site plans and building elevations.
I remember a time in college when I was eager to write, longing – sometimes apprehensively to become a real reporter writing real stories for a real newspaper. But when I graduated, the nation, like today, was in the midst of a recession. I read of newspapers closing in various parts of the Midwest and came to learn what that would mean for me in a revelation that is eerily similar to that I face today.
And instead of warning these students of the tough times they might face, they encouraged them.