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All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. After working with local teenagers on a monthly teen page called Insight, I can tell you this: That is simply not true.
Steroid use by athletes. Abortion. Experiments on animals. Discrimination. Holiday shopping. Myspace. Politics. Technology. Games. Sportsmanship. 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 are some serious issues on the minds of Taylor County teens.
Our Memorial Day issue brought to a close the fourth year of "Insight." Ten local teenagers have spent the last nine months interviewing people, taking photographs, writing stories and meeting deadlines (OK, most of the time!).
And they've done a heck of a job.
From October through May, the last Monday issue of each month included an entire page in the News-Journal reserved exclusively for the opinions, concerns and topics these teenagers believed important.
And some of their stories have been somewhat controversial.
Two teens wrote stories that included their beliefs about abortion. Another wrote about the social networking site known as Myspace. Others tackled similar topics, in addition to fun and informative topics as well. The point is, they didn't shy away from sensitive topics. And, perhaps, someone who read their stories thought, "Hey, that's right!" or even, "No way, that's not right."
As the editor and sponsor for the Teen Board, I've tried to impress upon the Board members 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 is a photo of most of the members of this year's Teen Board.
If you know them, or even 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 the leaders in our community.
I only hope they've enjoyed the past year as much as I have.
And if you know 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 are pleased to be able to bring it to you.