Our Voice: We’re grateful for people with the vision to try

Rarely do you see the end of the road when you begin the path. We suspect that sometimes the end result exceeds even the founder’s expectation. Today we’re grateful for people who have a vision and keep trying.

National winners

Congratulations to the Tri-Tech team of young women who won national recognition for their app.

Their accomplishment nets $20,000 for Tri-Tech and tablets for each of the girls on the team

But it also gives them experience — real working experience.

This is not a concept competition. These students will produce a working app that will be made available to the public.

Their app, called Safe&Sound, helps people — especially young people — recognize depression and connects them with ways to get help.

Since kids are on their phones so much, it’s a great way to connect with them.

And there’s nothing wrong with being the people who write the code.

We’re are interested where these girls are 10 years from now.

CBC momentum

For some kids, just getting to college is a big deal. There are lots of obstacles, especially for first-generation students.

Continuing that education also can be a problem.

For the students who make it to Columbia Basin College, about half of them don’t come back for the second year.

That’s a shame.

The good news is that the retention rate is on the way up.

This year saw a 10-year high in returning students.

The college recognizes the need for kids to stay in school and has implemented programs aimed at supporting and encouraging students who are at risk of dropping out.

We’re grateful for the progress they’re making in attracting and retaining students.

A community is better off when its members are educated.

Congratulations to the students who are overcoming obstacles to stay in school.

It’s worth the effort.

Great beginnings

Sherwood Fawcett died earlier this month.

For many people, his isn’t a household name. However, lots of people are better off for the two years that Fawcett spent in Richland 50 years ago.

He was the first director of what is now Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Oh, how that place has changed since 1965 — on the campus and in its focus.

The large green trees that line the campus were planted at Fawcett’s request. It is a nice oasis.

And the auditorium that serves company functions and public events was part of his vision — as well as three other buildings.

We don’t know if Fawcett could see the modern lab from its beginnings. On its 10th anniversary he used the words “grand experiment” and “better life for everyone.”

Fifty years later, that experiment has worked well, and we’re grateful.