Talking about "kids these days" is a popular cliché, and not often a positive one, but over in the discussion forums, we have seen an uptick in passionate, dedicated, and talented youngsters who are beginning their journey to becoming a professional designer. The most recent is example is Mason Watson. For a high school student, Mason has a great portfolio, and he is always looking for feedback and trying to improve. These are great traits to have as a designer. We probably have not seen an aspiring designer this good in the discussion forum since Andrew Kim posted a conceptual LG phone in 2008.
Kids these days indeed. I only hope they continue to grow and reach, while remembering to give feedback, support and guidance to the generation that will follow them, which will be kids born in the 2000's!