I think this is a very good thread, cali. It's about time people mention the great things that kids of that age group do!!
Not that this directly applies to this exact situation but I'm going to mention it anyhow because it really bugged me. Some of my son's college age baseball teammates who live in an apartment complex right near their campus, had a fire in their building this past weekend. It was caused by lightning hitting the building in a storm that smouldered in the attic for an hour and half before the smell of smoke woke someone up. (The lightning made the power go off therefore killing the smoke detectors too.)
Okie anyhow, there was an article in the local paper about how the Fire Chief said that everyone in the 16 apartment complex was lucky to be alive. The apartment complex manager was quoted as saying how scary it was having people trying to get out as it was filling with smoke. She commented, using their names, that 3 of the boys from my son's team helped so many people get out including an elderly handicapped women and her cats and how wonderful they were "considering they were college kids." She also said, "usually college kids don't care about anyone."
Wtf?? I mean get away from the front of your tv and your gross overall generalizations and find out there are a lot of great college kids out there too. [/rant]
But yeah, it's time people realize there are great kids out there who are in high school AND college!!!