My visit to the National Honor Society conference | NevadaAppeal.com

My visit to the National Honor Society conference

by Danika keating
Special to the Nevada Appeal

The 13th annual National Honor Society Conference in Washington, D.C., was an amazing experience. I did learn ways to improve my community, but I also met dozens of high school students from across the country.

Before I went, I didn’t know how the other students were going to treat the students from other states, especially us from little Carson City. I was really wrong. I met tons of students from all across the country and had no problem talking to the students from New York, Alabama, Arizona or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The most wonderful thing I learned at this conference was how different, yet alike, all kids are across the country. I sat at a table at one time with students from Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota and Florida, and talked forever about all the things we remember from when we were younger.

Never before had I known that others, especially those who live thousands of miles from where I grew up, actually watched the TV shows, loved the cereals, and listened to the music that highlighted my childhood and teenage years.

I understand everyone is different. Some have grown up on the West Coast, while others on the East Coast; some of us have grown up in a big city, while others in a small Midwestern town; some of us even have Southern accents, while others have Boston accents. Funny, though, I found, that even with all these differences, we’re all really quite similar, and able, if we give it a chance, to get along as if we had grown up next-door neighbors.

n Danika Keating is one of two students from Carson High School to attend the National Honor Society in Washington, D.C., recently.