In the musical, Alexander Hamilton sings, “I am not throwing away my shot.” He jumped at every opportunity and he changed the world. Like the young Hamilton, the people of West Michigan are full of talent and promise. The region’s diverse economy fosters a culture of innovation in agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Let’s make sure that everyone has opportunities to succeed: in education, in business, in civil society, or whatever endeavor they choose. Everyone deserves a fair shot.