On page one yesterday we published a story regarding a jeans drive being conducted by thoughtful students at Salem's Southeast Elementary School.
On other pages during the past week alone, we brought you accounts of spelling bees held throughout area schools. We ran photos from the mock trial in Lisbon which highlighted high school students in simulated courtroom dramas. We have told you about merit scholars. About graduates from our area high schools making the dean's list at their respective college or university. We told you about other accomplishments on the collegiate level by local students, like being chosen for an astute committee or being selected for a big conference.
We told you about the Salem High School chapter of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club again sponsoring the weekly Banquet in Salem. We recounted the successes of local athletes on our sports pages like the South Range girls basketball team winning a share of the ITCL title and finishing a wonderful regular season at 18-2. Last weekend we covered the big wrestling tournament at Salem High where West Branch did so well.
We told you about Knox Elementary School students participating in the Jump Rope for Heart and raising $5,400 for a great cause. We told you about a production by the West Branch High School Theater Arts Class. We told you about the West Branch High School Instrumental Music Dept. presenting 30 young musicians performing solo and in ensembles.
You were informed about a Pasta for Pennies fundraiser being held by the Salem Schools. Young students will be given a learning experience while collecting money to help battle blood-related cancers. We published a review of "Alice in Wonderland" playing at the Salem Community Theatre which showcases an array of talented young people. That production continues this weekend.
We published a page one story last Sunday applauding the successes of schools participating in the annual Columbiana County Academic Challenge. Every student involved in that from all county schools is very, very smart. We told you about National Honor Society inductees at East Palestine High School and about a Salem High graduate proudly serving as a battalion commander at West Point. Soon we will publish our quarterly roster of pages saluting honor roll students from all schools in our readership area. Our weekly Sunday Spotlight page is chockful of information listing the good deeds of area youth. This Sunday's Spotlight will be no different.
Notice a pattern from all of the above??On virtually a daily basis, young people in our area are doing good: in the classroom and in the community. We have so many very bright, very generous and very ambitious young people. The Salem News is happy to acknowledge what they are doing on our pages. Don't forget to do likewise and offer up some praise and encouragement when you see some of these wonderful young people. They will appreciate it and in all likelihood politely offer you a "thank you."
Those out there who complain about today's youth, accusing them of doing nothing but mindlessly sitting in front of a computer, or spending most of their lives texting on the phone while in hypnotic trances, are clueless. Go ahead and pick a day, any day and read a Salem News. Chances are you will read about the sheer goodness, smarts and generosity of our young people. There are so, so many of them out there and that bodes well for our future. That isn't lost on us.