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July 20, 2014
Salem News

Roses for all of our hard-working and bright college students. On the previous page, we list of all our area president's and dean's list students from Kent State University. Those who regularly read our newspaper know that the page, called "Spotlight," is used to highlight academic accomplishments. It is one of our most read pages and we are proud to acknowledge classroom accomplishments from day one in grade school right up through college. Yes, it does often times seem that misdeeds if not outright crimes and failures of young people end up in print. There has been a spate lately of underage drinking/and or pot infractions. It is our responsibility to provide the related police/court reports. Some people just don't get that. It's called public record. We would be remiss not to publish the reports. However, we have many good young people in our community. Catherine - Cassie as she is known to everyone - Davidson is such a student. She is listed in the KSU President's List published today. She posted a 4.0 grade point average while employed at the Dairy Queen in Lisbon. Working while being a straight A nursing student is impressive enough. But she is more than that. Cassie has seven, count 'em, seven younger siblings, ages 6-through-15. She is more than a mere big sister. "They look up to her and she is their friend," beamed mom, Cathy Davidson-Chuck. "She always helps them with their homework and always helps around the house. She is a great all-around role model and an amazing young girl." Cassie, entering her junior year at Kent State, is a 2012 Salem High graduate where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track. She also helps her grandparents, Bill and Sue Davidson, with their well-known towing business. Does she deserve the column inches we just provided??Certainly. She is bright, responsible and ambitious - a splendid example of what is right with many of our young people. Be thankful for that.



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