Young Achievers Month By Molly Seabury of Holy Cross School

The month of May is known as the month of accomplished young people, celebrating the achievements of young people around the world. The goal is to help young people realize their potential and it focuses on building strong independent leaders for the future. To celebrate this, we’ll be looking at everyday people who changed history.

Rosa Parks was sitting on a Montgomery bus in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. The racist rules enforced at the time meant that when she disobeyed the driver’s order to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus, she was arrested for civil disobedience. It was this act of defiance and the subsequent Montgomery bus boycott that was a pivotal moment in the fight for equality. When Rosa Parks woke up that morning, she had no idea that later that day she would change history.

JK Rowling is best known for writing the Harry Potter series of books, but as a recently divorced single mother, she had no idea how popular her work was. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997 under the name JK Rowling because its publisher didn’t believe young boys would be interested in reading a book written by a woman. Over 500 million copies of Harry Potter have been sold worldwide and Rowling is the richest author in the world with a net worth of $1 billion. To have your work rejected to be a bestselling author is a huge accomplishment.

Sir Tim Berners Lee is the creator of the World Wide Web, he was an average British computer scientist who came up with a project that combined hypertext (the system that allows you to click on links and open web pages) and the Internet. The goal was to give researchers a place to share information so that people could see it at any time of the day. The World Wide Web that we know today is the result. He was knighted in 2004 and his invention was named the number one moment that shaped the world.

Whether your passion is art or mathematics. Whether you want to create a cure for cancer or travel to space, the future is bright. In May, celebrate Young Achiever Month and encourage young people to reach their full potential.

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