By Ryan Noonan, Reagan Ranch High School Conference Student
My name is Ryan Noonan, like all of you here I am a conservative and patriot. As all of you share my dedication to our country my only goal in life is to put my country first and urge all others to do so to. I look to attend the US Naval Academy this fall and will thereafter put myself in harm's way to defend our country and constitution.
As many of you can relate these last few years of our high school lives have transformed us from casual teenagers to being a dedicated conservatives.
This last year during my daily home class at Pinnacle High in Phoenix we stand and site the pledge of allegiance. Of 35 students maybe 10 stand, 6 have their hand over their heart and 3 are actually citing the pledge of allegiance. The rest of the 25 people are sitting, texting, talking or making fun of or anti patriotic gestures. I feel disgraced to be in the presence of these people who are protected by the virtues that our countries founders fought and died for. Let us all move forward to change these attitudes by leading others by our example.
All of us here are dedicated to make a difference to our generation and the generations to come where all students, parents and citizens honor our country and conservative beliefs that will guide us to remain the strongest and most desirable county in the world to live in.
"When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country." -- Andrew Johnson
Let this fire of conservatism burn bright in all of us as we move forward to the next stage of our lives. Stay united, support each other and stand together.