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It's OK to be little naive

Graduating LAHS senior makes argument for staying wide-eyed and a bit wild

Clad in their bright blue caps and gowns, the Los Altos High School class of 2013 flooded onto their school's football field to celebrate its graduation on May 31 -- marching in step to "Pomp and Circumstance," as performed by the LAHS band and orchestra, while family and friends looked on, cheering, waving and snapping pictures.

After some introductions and a speech from LAHS school principal Wynne Satterwite, Vanessa Barajas took to the podium to encourage her fellow classmates not to try too hard to shed some of the qualities for which teenagers are best known.

Speaking to the 400 graduates, Barajas insisted that there is nothing wrong with being a little naive, brash or proud.

Though the three words are often associated with inexperience, recklessness and hubris, she sees things differently. "I choose to see naive as optimistic, brash as adventurous and proud as confident," Barajas said to her fellow graduates, encouraging her peers to see things her way.

"Naivete enables us to focus on the possibilities, rather than the worst-case scenarios," Barajas said. "When I say, 'be brash,' I mean be adventurous and follow your gut. Anything worth doing risks the possibility of failure."

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And if and when members of the class of 2013 experience failure, pride will help get over that failure. "We must be confident in our decisions and live without regrets," she said.

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It's OK to be little naive

Graduating LAHS senior makes argument for staying wide-eyed and a bit wild

by Nick Veronin / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 12:12 pm

Clad in their bright blue caps and gowns, the Los Altos High School class of 2013 flooded onto their school's football field to celebrate its graduation on May 31 -- marching in step to "Pomp and Circumstance," as performed by the LAHS band and orchestra, while family and friends looked on, cheering, waving and snapping pictures.

After some introductions and a speech from LAHS school principal Wynne Satterwite, Vanessa Barajas took to the podium to encourage her fellow classmates not to try too hard to shed some of the qualities for which teenagers are best known.

Speaking to the 400 graduates, Barajas insisted that there is nothing wrong with being a little naive, brash or proud.

Though the three words are often associated with inexperience, recklessness and hubris, she sees things differently. "I choose to see naive as optimistic, brash as adventurous and proud as confident," Barajas said to her fellow graduates, encouraging her peers to see things her way.

"Naivete enables us to focus on the possibilities, rather than the worst-case scenarios," Barajas said. "When I say, 'be brash,' I mean be adventurous and follow your gut. Anything worth doing risks the possibility of failure."

And if and when members of the class of 2013 experience failure, pride will help get over that failure. "We must be confident in our decisions and live without regrets," she said.

Los Altos High School | Class of 2013

Jonah Abkowitz

Victor Amaya

Miriam Amaya Atayde

Austin Anaya

Lucas Frediana Andrade

Michael Andris

Liam Armstrong

Edgardo Arreola

Valentin Arreola Amaya

Chloe Arrouye

Lenoy Avidan

Mohan Avula

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Allyson Bakos

Vanessa Barajas

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John Beutter

Rishi Bhargava

Asha Bhote

Alex Bianchi

Timothy Biggar

Alex Blackburn

Arthur Bogdanovich

Eric Bohrer

Charlotte Bowie

Maxwell Braxton-Taylor

James Brewer

Nolan Brown

Miya Burbach

Austin Cappelletti

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Alice Carli

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Right on, Vanessa Barajas! You've told your fellow students, and us, what to do. But you haven't told them how to do it. Here's how:

Be wholesomely connected to other people, to the Earth, and to Higher Power, according to your understanding of it.

This is the love teaching of Jesus Nazareth and of the earlier Jewish teacher Hillel.

It is also the "selfless action" teaching of Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita.

It is also the "submit to God's Will" teaching of Muhammad in the Quran.

If you see yourself becoming humble without losing your boldness, then you have found the path!


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