Young people are doing a lot of things right

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Too often, it seems, we focus on what's wrong.

What's wrong in our community?

What's wrong in our state?

What's wrong in our nation?

Heck, even what's wrong with the whole, wide world?

Every now and then, it's nice to shine a light on all the good things going our community, our state, our nation and our world.

Since my space is limited, let's just take a look at the good things young people have been doing lately in our neck of the woods.

The Spencer Tiger football team has confounded the experts, toppled the giants, and gave football fans a season to remember. The Tigers have shown a lot of heart, and a whole lot of "never, ever, ever give up" this season.

Then there are the harriers. While they're just sophomores, the Tiger duo of Ryan Bauermeister and Cierra Guerrero ran like experienced vets on Saturday at the Iowa State Cross Country championships in Ft. Dodge.

I had the opportunity to head down for the action and, on a nearly-perfect fall day, the two rose to the occasion. Ryan finished 13th in the 3A race, while Cierra crossed the finish line in 18th place. As a former cross country runner myself, I can really appreciate the dedication it takes to reach the elite class in this sport. It can be pretty darn lonely putting in the miles summer and winter, fall and spring that it takes to reach your fullest potential. Seeing their hard work pay off with such outstanding finishes was really great.

And the Spencer swimmers dove into action in Ft. Dodge on Saturday as well. The Tigers will be making some noise at the state meet, qualifying the 200 freestyle relay team of Tiffany Martindale, Ann Magnuson, Emma Dau, and Taylor Sieperda for state, to be held this Saturday in Marshalltown. Taylor Sieperda also qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Ready for more great news in youth?

Well, then make plans to see our local thespians as they hit the stage this weekend in the annual fall musical "Guys and Dolls." There's one thing you can always count on when it comes to the SHS drama department - quality. Larry Untiet has molded countless young men and women into great actors over the years, and you can always count on a top-notch show.

Make plans now to attend. Performances will be Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

I can tell you that, as a newspaper, we sure enjoy spreading the good news about our area young people. And, when you look around, there is a lot of that to share.

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