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The Sun editorial: Proud to tout the talents of our local students

HAMBURG — We here at The Sun have a longstanding tradition of highlighting the artistic talents of local high school students, in our annual feature called “Future Voice.”

In this Sun offering, you can view beautiful art made out of everything from charcoal, to watercolor, to very cool computer-generated graphics.

Many students also sent us poetry, written from the heart and inspired by the students’ own lives. I was more than a little impressed by the talented work that came across my desk.

Not only did the students put together words in such a way that showed talent well beyond their years, the artistic way many of them laid out their poetry showed a level of thoughtfulness their teachers and parents should be proud of.

Thanks to the boys at Saint Francis, for taking the time to send us their very well-done essays about interesting topics that included young people’s dependency on TV and the juxtaposition of sports on the high school level.

Still other St. Francis students sent us their art, clay creations and favorite sayings, memorialized in calligraphy.

I was blown away by the level of talent that your kids and students exhibited; parents and teachers: You should be delighted by these achievements.

As we say every year – and mean it – we truly wish that we could show our readers every submission that came across our desks, as we know how much time and effort went into their creation.

This year, we will be posting the Future Voice submissions – including artwork, poetry and essays that did not make it into the paper – onto our website,, so the public can enjoy even more of what our local students have to offer.

To the young people themselves who took the time to create these beautiful pieces, I want to offer my sincere thank you.

Those of us who get to see what you have to offer are so fortunate to get a glimpse of the artistic talent that lies in each of you. We are proud of you and a little bit in awe of your abilities.

Based on the submissions we received, I know that the kids in our coverage area have a very bright future ahead of them.

I know that many of these students will go on to become lawyers, architects, doctors and more (because they can truly be whatever they want to be), but I hope that a great deal of them continue to pursue their artistic sides, because the world is at their fingertips.

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