SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Hundreds of students filled the state capitol and were challenged by the governor to lay the ground work for others.
“All too soon probably in your own lives and certainly in your parents lives, you will be taking over,” says Governor Gary Herbert.
That was the challenge the governor issued to minority school children who were part of Utah's Diversity Day at the state capitol.
“Think about your own journey,” says Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck. “Think about the stories and the imprint that you in the years to come will make in our state's future.”
The governor took the opportunity to recognize those who've already achieved success in their young journey.
Many overcame personal obstacles like college freshman Victor DeLado born in Mexico.
“I got into the college of my dreams, the University of Utah,” says Delado. “So I accomplished those goals and now I've set new goals for me to graduate with a double major in psychology and business.”
And then there's Moana Ulu’ave who was born in Salt Lake City's Glendale area and grew up in tough neighborhoods and schools.
“I remember when I was a kid I told my mom I wanted to go to Harvard,” she says. “And she bought me pens, papers and taught me to read and told me whatever we can do to help. And now I can… I’m going to Harvard.
The governor told the packed rotunda that he will give them opportunities by offering more state funding for education. And he also invited them back for the state’s 1st annual Youth Leadership Summit April 30th.