Chris Sillas Chris Sillas
8th grade - Taos Middle School
Parents:  Juanita Sillas-Lucero, Michael Lucero

To me, the new millennium means a new beginning, so many people are talking about it being the end of the world, the end of life as we know it.  To me it's a chance to make a fresh start, to do things different and better, to live my life  like I think God would want me to.

I'd like to see a lot less violence in the world.  Especially with young people turning on each other, killing and hurting each other.  We shouldn't judge because of what we wear, how we look or what color our skin is.  Here we are going into a new century and that has not changed.  I would also like people to focus more on the positive things that people my age are doing, not just the negative.

I see myself graduating from high school, first of all, and then reaching for my diploma and having it in my hands, yessss....!!  Then I'd like to attend college and become a lawyer and argue for people who don't have someone to  stand up for them and their rights.  I'd like to be a good lawyer, someone who helps people, not just someone who's in it for the money.

With a computer, I'll have access to so much useful and important information that will help me further my education and help me achieve my dreams.

I'll use the skills and knowledge to learn more about what kind of lawyer I can become, where I'll be needed and help make a difference in people's lives, especially young people. It's hard being a young person with everything that is going on around us.  But, I think we can use it to our advantage to make us stronger, smarter, better people, as long as I don't forget it's like to be young.  I can make good choices and remain focused on what I want to accomplish in life.

The greatest difference I would first like to make is at home, to my parents.  I've seen some of what they go through, it isn't easy for them I'm sure.  But no matter what, they have always been there for me, my sisters and my brother; especially what my Mom went through with my older brother at my age.  She was always so strong to me.  I don't want to make her go through any of that again.  My brother made a new start.  But to see that proud smile on my Mom's face would be a small way to say thanks Mom and Dad.

I've lived in Taos all my life.  I'm an eighth grader at Taos Middle School.  I like fishing, skateboarding, swimming, basketball, and biking.  I play basketball for the boys 8th grade at school.  I have one brother and twin sisters.

I think I'll make a great lawyer, and if I would have had a computer I could have typed and printed this out.


Jeremy Badhand