East­side aca­demic team cov­er­age

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Ed­i­tor: My wife and I have been loyal, long time sub­scribers to The Cov­ing­ton News and we al­ways en­cour­age oth­ers to sup­port the lo­cal pa­per.

We at­tended the East­side –– New­ton football game last Fri­day night and thor­oughly en­joyed the game on the field. The new prin­ci­pal for East­side, Mr. Jeff Cher, should be com­mended for his ef­fort to use the con­sid­er­able crowds at football games to rec­og­nize and high­light other im­por­tant stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments.

For this first and most highly at­tended game of the year, Mr. Cher chose to rec­og­nize Mr. Eric Adams, coach, and the two time State AAA Cham­pion Aca­demic Team. They were ac­knowl­edged be­fore the game and again at half time – but there was no men­tion of this con­sid­er­able achieve­ment in The Cov­ing­ton News Sun­day edition. The game was cov­ered, prac­ti­cally ev­ery tackle, good play/bad play/ ex­cit­ing play was cov­ered. There were pho­tos and a long ar­ti­cle but no men­tion of two time state cham­pi­ons.

Why did this in­for­ma­tion not get put into the news­pa­per? Is this not news wor­thy? Why were there no pho­tos or in­ter­views with the par­tic­i­pants or with the coach?

How many state cham­pi­onships are cur­rently held by New­ton County schools?

What if this were the two time state win­ning base­ball or bas­ket­ball team? Would you have men­tioned if they were rec­og­nized at the game? Would their pic­ture have made it into the pa­per?

Why is it so hard to rec­og­nize and ap­plaud and lift up our students for be­ing good students? Isn’t that the pur­pose of el­e­men­tary and high school - to ed­u­cate and pre­pare our kids for life af­ter high school? Isn’t this an achieve­ment that en­com­passes the main pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tion?

Mr. Cher and Mr. Adams should be ap­plauded and rec­og­nized for their ef­forts to strive for ex­cel­lence in ev­ery­thing. We deeply ap­pre­ci­ate Mr. Cher and Mr. Adams for sup­port­ing the aca­demic team and be­ing the driv­ing force be­hind this con­sid­er­able achieve­ment.

Carey A. Bryan

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