By Heather Simmons
I counted. It came to 333 names in the All-Timesland 2011-12 insert in last weekend’s paper (Sunday, June 24). All were outstanding athletes deserving of recognition.
In fact, the cover clearly states, “Celebrating the year’s best high school athletes,” which is obvious based on the stats included with each student’s name. Out of the 333 listed, nine of these students are from the school system where I teach, and seven of them I know from their years in middle school. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and this recognition because they deserve it. The athletes I knew personally were also accomplished students and have wonderful personalities. My hat is off to each of them.
While I celebrate these students, as a long-time educator, each year about this time, I cannot help but notice that we are failing to recognize the year’s best academic students. Where is the insert applauding those students?
Simmons lives in Botetourt and has been an educator for 21 years.