Cougar Questions: What makes a hero?

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People often consider famous celebrities to be heroes. With the Olympics on everyone’s mind, athletes are especially being held to this high standard. But is it really fame, fortune or physical ability that makes someone a hero? To find out, we asked students what they believe constitutes a hero.

"Optimism. My hero is a little 8-year-old that has cancer, and she is always smiling and so happy. I want to be just like that." — Alice Cannon, freshman, pre-communications, Blackfoot, Idaho
“Optimism. My hero is a little 8-year-old that has cancer, and she is always smiling and so happy. I want to be just like that.” — Alice Cannon, freshman, pre-communications, Blackfoot, Idaho
"Someone who sacrifices something because of love." — Amanda Welch, junior, theater arts studies, Gilbert, Ariz.
“Someone who sacrifices something because of love.” — Amanda Welch, junior, theater arts studies, Gilbert, Ariz.
"Someone who has Christlike attributes and always strives to be the best person they possibly can." – Ashley May, freshman, chemical engineering, Saratoga Springs
“Someone who has Christlike attributes and always strives to be the best person they possibly can.” – Ashley May, freshman, chemical engineering, Saratoga Springs
"They always strive to do what's right." — Audrey Maddock, freshman, nursing, Chicago
“They always strive to do what’s right.” — Audrey Maddock, freshman, nursing, Chicago
"Putting others before yourself." — Ben Hawkins, senior, environmental science, Tuscan, Ariz.
“Putting others before yourself.” — Ben Hawkins, senior, environmental science, Tuscan, Ariz.
"Somebody who cares about what other peoples' needs and wants are before their own." — Brian Peterson, senior, Japanese, Springville
“Somebody who cares about what other peoples’ needs and wants are before their own.” — Brian Peterson, senior, Japanese, Springville
"Someone who stands for what they believe in and doesn't alter their morals to fit in with everyone else." — Heidi Blake, senior, school health education, Pleasant Grove
“Someone who stands for what they believe in and doesn’t alter their morals to fit in with everyone else.” — Heidi Blake, senior, school health education, Pleasant Grove
"A cape." — Josiah Johns, senior, environmental science, Brigham City
“A cape.” — Josiah Johns, senior, environmental science, Brigham City
"It's something that you notice. It's not something that is broadcast. It's not announced. It's just found." — Tanner Lyon, freshman, economics, Anchorage, Alaska
“It’s something that you notice. It’s not something that is broadcast. It’s not announced. It’s just found.” — Tanner Lyon, freshman, economics, Anchorage, Alaska
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