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Teenagers, Teenagers

Spent today with teenagers who chose to give up their Saturday to compete in UIL Academics.

People trash talk teenagers all the time. But you know what? Young people make me happy.

They believe absolutely that they can do almost anything unless that belief has been sucked out of them. They will defend their beliefs with research and a well thought out argument. They are kind and caring and considerate, and they often reach out when they see someone hurting or alone. Even if they don’t know that someone.

They are smart! When I was in school we had to take math. Not Algebra. Math. And science? Physical Science and Biology. Social studies and English weren’t even required four years. Sure, some kids did more. But you didn’t have to to graduate. These kids take tons of tough classes and still work and juggle busy electives AND give up their weekends for UIL.

People talk about teen attitudes, and yeah, they can roll their eyes so far into the backs of their heads I wonder about their health. But you know what? Go hang out on twitter for more than five minutes. You’ll see they’re just in training.

Teenagers are great. Glad I got to spend my Saturday with a few.

STATE UIL

For the ninth time in 10 years a Rider Media student is on their way to State Academic UIL competition. I’m excited. My student won 3rd in features at District and first at Regionals. Making it to State is a huge accomplishment. As a student, I never did. Over the course of my high school UIL career, I won 4th, 5th or 6th at Regionals in Newswriting, Headlines and Editorial. Back then I didn’t even understand that there was a State. LOL.

We didn’t make it to State last year. In a way that was good for me personally because usually when we win at Regionals, DH says, “Ah man, you’ve got to go to State,” because it means I’m gone three days, two of which include me driving across the state. This year, he knew better. When I texted him Shannon won first, his response was yay. Yeah, he gets it now. I was a mopey adviser during State last year since I wasn’t there…. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing my adviser friends.

 

In other news, Dead Girl Walking, the first Guardian book, is in audiobook production with an AMAZING narrator. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it!

Happy writing!