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Lead the way, young people: Editorial

Posted 6/5/19

We mark the athletic prowess of Middletown Area High School athletes on a regular basis.

The Blue Raiders have excelled in multiple sports in recent years, especially in football, with three …

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Lead the way, young people: Editorial

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We mark the athletic prowess of Middletown Area High School athletes on a regular basis.

The Blue Raiders have excelled in multiple sports in recent years, especially in football, with three straight appearances in the state title game.

Turn to Page B1 and you can see where some of the top athletes at MAHS will attend college this fall.

But we realize not all of our young people’s talents lie on the fields of sport.

We were happy to see that Middletown Borough Council recently recognized those who excelled in the borough’s second annual Community Art Show. All of this year’s winners are MASD students, and local businesses helped out, too. Each winner received a $10 gift card to one of three Middletown businesses — Kuppy’s Diner, North Pole Creamery, or J&J’s Pizza.

Speaking of art, Middletown Area Middle School eighth-grader Charity Cochran won first place in an art contest held by the American Heart Association and Penn State Children’s Hospital. Students competing in the art contest were challenged to draw their vision of a heart hero.

Also of late, a freshman, sophomore and junior at Middletown Area High School defeated 19 area high school teams predominantly consisting of juniors and seniors in the 34th annual Computer Problem Solving Contest at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Freshman Christian Burke-Bowman, sophomore Ryder Webster and junior Justin Yohn were the only team in the competition to complete all seven Game of Thrones-themed problems correctly.

And don’t forget about MAHS senior Mason Garza, who received a $2,500 annual scholarship to play on Lebanon Valley College’s esports team.

We also recently highlighted the amazing feat of three MAHS seniors who all became  Eagle Scouts — Ben Knisely, Clayton Wagner and Noah Yeich. They have known each other, grown up together, and been in Scouting together since kindergarten.

The Press & Journal tries to highlight all these young people who do well. We applaud the MAHS Class of 2019, and all area high school graduates, as they move on to college, trade school, jobs or the military. Others might not have concrete plans yet and are taking some time off to decide what to do next.

We published our annual high school graduation section in last week’s edition. Maybe not every name was familiar to you because maybe they weren’t a star athlete or academic star. However, every one of them has the potential for a bright future. It takes longer for some people to find their way.

We wish them all the best. We need them to excel, because they will lead us into the future.