Friday's Editorial

Clubs fight child abuse, student hits perfect SAT

Teenagers today.

They talk back, think they know everything, sneak out at night, and have no concept of a made bed. They wreck cars, let their grades drop, listen to horrible music no one can understand, and cause our insurance to explode.

They take time out of their day to hold ceremonies to highlight child abuse. They get perfect scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Earlier this week, volunteers from the Keystone Club of the Boys and Girls Club of Newnan planted pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse. They didn’t have to, but they did. When the youth in our community get active in political and other causes, everyone benefits. Too often we complain about what teenagers do or say. Rarely do we congratulate them when they take a stand to correct an injustice.

The group planted 726 pinwheels, each one representing a child born in the county in 2012.

Prevent Child Abuse Coweta will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Newnan’s Greenville Street Park. We invite everyone to attend and show support for these teenagers working to stop child abuse.

We would like also like congratulate 17-year-old Yehong Zhu for scoring a perfect 2400 on the March SAT. One out of 5,000 who take the test ace it. We realize, however, Zhu probably knows 15 better words to use rather than “congratulate,” but that’s about all we can do.

She doesn’t just spend her time studying. She’s president of the East Coweta High School Chess Club, member of the varsity Academic Bowl, Beta Club, French Club, and National Honor Society, treasurer of the Newnan Youth Council, and an accomplished violinist. And she’s a volunteer swim instructor for the Special Olympics and plays on East Coweta’s lacrosse team. This young lady needs to find something to do.

We salute her, her parents and teachers throughout the Coweta County School System for achieving this remarkable feat.

We are fortunate here in Coweta that there are hundreds of teenagers making a difference — whether through academics, sports or community involvement.

Too often we complain about our youth. Instead, we need to take a step back and realize the impact involved teenagers can have. Soon, they will be the leaders of our community, and it is never too early to start getting involved.



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