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Great Grads: Future leaders navigate COVID grad

Last Updated Jun 12, 2020 at 12:04 pm PDT


One student at Rockridge in West Vancouver has been developing her knack for politics

Chloe Dean says she's met many students interested in politics and thinks the future will have strong leaders

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As everyone continues to deal with an altered reality lately, that includes young people.

CityNews and NEWS 1130 are taking a moment to recognize Grade 12 students who are going through a pretty big life transition, without the usual celebrations.

“I think that we’re doing to be a lot stronger. I’ve talked to a lot of people that I wouldn’t normally talk to in school,” says Chloe Dean, a Rockridge Secondary School grad. “It’s kind of nice to reach out and talk to people when they might be struggling. Quarantine is hard on all of us. I think it’s really brought the community together.”

Dean has been developing her knack for politics, getting involved with the Model UN Club, which is for high school and university students, and serving as a moderator for the 2019 Federal Election All-Candidates Debate last October.

“I had done a fair bit in terms of the political world,” she says. “Even with coronavirus, we’ve been doing online Model UN meetings.”

She says she’s not alone and that lots of young people are already thinking hard about how to tackle issues facing the world in the future.

“I’ve definitely learned from Model UN there’s a lot of kids out there who have very strong opinions, and they’re not all the same,” Dean says. “So, I think that in the future we’ll be looking at some strong leaders who really have ideas that could push this world forward in a really positive way.”

While Dean admits she is a little disappointed she couldn’t have a normal graduation during the pandemic, she understands and says she wouldn’t want to put anyone at risk.