Rounds urges youth to make extra effort

Rounds urges youth to make extra effort Gov. Mike Rounds by David Lias Gov. Mike Rounds urged young people Saturday to use their skills, talents and education to tackle any challenges they'll meet in the future.

"You've been invited here today because people think you are leaders. They think you have potential," Rounds said. "We're here to confirm that. We're here to help you believe that as well."

Rounds was keynote speaker at the Governor's Leadership Luncheon held at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The luncheon, sponsored by The University of South Dakota, the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, and the USD Foundation, is designed to honor outstanding high school sophomores from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

"Think about the times in your life in which you've had the opportunity to have something that's come along," the governor said, "and you say, 'Oh, I'm so lucky that this came along.' Are you really lucky, or have you just taken advantage of an opportunity?"

Too often we don't take challenges set before us, Rounds said, because there's an easy way out.

"My challenge to you: Are you going to coast? Are you going to take the easy way out and get by? Or are you going to go the extra step and have fun?"

Rounds told the young people seated at banquet tables that their potential is greater than they realize.

"Across America, there are people who look at you, and recognize you for what you are," he said. "You are very, very valuable. We don't tell you that, because we see you every day.

"You can do anything you want to do � anything," he said. "And the first time that somebody tells you that you aren't capable, that's when the challenge comes. My challenge to you is to follow your goals. Prove them wrong."

Rounds told students to not be afraid to pursue their dreams. "There are no dreams out there that are crazy."

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