Three cheers times 10 for the young writers in your contest and to you for sponsoring it. As a teacher and a parent, I see the good and the bad of the younger generation every day. Amid the cries of apathy, delinquency, and irresponsibility, what's often lost is recognition of ambition, commitment, and accomplishment. There are a lot of great kids out there, and these writers are terrific role models for young people and adults alike. When you give kids opportunity and a little guidance, you might be surprised at what they can accomplish.