This past school year, we sat down with a few of Rome City Schools’ rising stars, the kindergarten class that will graduate in 2030. Tiny students have big dreams and, if these students stay the course, the world will be a better place because of their contributions. If folks have never stopped to speak to these little tikes in the hallways of their elementary school, they are missing out. Lucky for us, these bright and ambitious youngsters opened their world and invited us all to take a peek inside.

“I am going to be a paleontologist when I grow up to discover dinosaur bones. My heroes are the police because they get the bad guys so that they won’t get to go to my house ever again. My favorite subject is learning letters. Learning letters helps me to read and I can learn stuff.”—Jonathan Ingram, Jr.

“I am going to be a veterinarian when I grow up. I love pets. I want to help pets. JoJo Siwa is my hero because she dances and sings. I really like P.E. at North Heights because we can play.”—Ava Merritt

“I want to be a football player when I grow up. I am going to play for the Rome Wolves. I am faster than anybody. Devin Floyd is my hero. He is my cousin and he never loses a game. I am already faster than him.

P.E. is my favorite subject because you get to play basketball and dance and stuff.”—Khylin Pembleton

“I want to be a policeman when I grow up because I can help people and stop people from robbing stuff, and I can help people by arresting other people. Spiderman is my hero because he has webs, he does cool back flips and he has another spider friend and his name is Miles Morales. He got bit by a spider, too. My favorite subject at school is computers because we can work on it and we can learn math.”—Mason Monroe

“I am going to be a basketball coach because I love basketball. My mom and my dad are my heroes because they are amazing. They do fun stuff with me and I love them. My favorite thing to do here at North Heights is read because books are fun.”—Jamia Wood

“I want to be a gymnastics and a cheerleader when I grow up. Wonder Woman is my hero because she can fly and she can throw her magical circle thingy. My favorite thing to do at North Heights is to go outside because it is so much fun and we get to do recess.”—Kaidence Marques