She went on to explain that everyone has value and everyone should see the value in themselves as well as in others. She shared results from a survey in which people said that they didn't like the way they looked; and they wished they were better looking.
This young teenager was talking to her peers, but her message resonated with the adults in the audience every bit as much.
We will all have successes and failures in our lifetime. But everyone is important; everyone is special; everyone can contribute in their own way to the fabric of society.
Public schools (at their heart) teach this message to all of us. Everyone has value.