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Teen Board was tops this year

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By Becky Cassell, Editor

Responsibility. Competitiveness. Love. Graduation. Patriotism. Politics. Family. Social networking. Self-image. Religion.

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You name it, and this year's Teen Board has covered it.

If you've taken the time to read the "Insight Page" published each month since last September, then you know there's some serious issues on the minds of Taylor County teens.

The May 25 issue brought to a close the fifth year of "Insight." Ten local teenagers have spent the last nine months interviewing people, taking photographs, writing stories and meeting deadlines (well, at least more often than not).

And they've done a heck of a job.

The teens divided into two teams of five and they planned stories and photos for an Insight Page every month. From October through May, the last Monday issue of each month included an entire News-Journal page reserved exclusively for their views, their concerns and the topics they believed important.

They certainly didn't shy away from sensitive topics.

As the editor and sponsor for the Teen Board, I've tried to impress upon them that not everyone will agree with what they have to say. But I've also told them that if what they've written gives just one person a different point of view to consider, then they've done their job.

Included with my column today is a photo of as many of our Teen Board as I could get together on a recent afternoon. As most of you know, teens have a busy life.

If you know them - or if you don't but see them out somewhere - please take the time to recognize their hard work.

I know I'm proud of them and also excited about the thought that one day they'll be leaders in our community.

I only hope they've enjoyed the last year as much as I have.

And if you know of a teen who might be interested in becoming a member of the next Teen Board, encourage them to apply by August.

Teenagers have great "insight," and we're pleased to be able to show it to you.