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The Slice: Doing area parents proud

Sun., July 7, 2013

It’s time to check up on local young people.

And I can’t think of a better way than searching this newspaper’s electronic archives for headlines and stories that include references to our irrepressible “area teens.”

OK, some adults think kids today have it easy. But it turns out that they “can’t find an employer to take a chance on them.”

That’s got to be rough.

On a brighter note, area teens “joined the ranks of an elite few who earn the Camp Fire USA’s highest honor.”

So they have that going for them.

In addition, area teens were invited to “take part in two rock-music summer camps.”

After that, they can start remember-when stories with “This one time, at rock-music summer camp …”

And you can’t say they don’t keep busy. Why, area teens were said to “relive Mormon heritage” and “compete in South Africa.”

If that’s not enough for you, we learned that they “will ski in Junior Olympics” and are “holding a dog wash.”

Go, you high-achieving area teens!

You might be interested to know that area teens are willing to speak out. Yes, they “give a big thumbs down to school uniforms.”

Think that all kids are surly, drug-addled vandals who don’t smell so great? How wrong you are.

For instance, S-R readers were informed that area teens “painted Spokane Valley’s Meals on Wheels building.”

How’s that for community spirit?

Moreover, area teens “are determined to make sure nearly everyone in the community has a memorable holiday.”

And they “overdosed on prescription pills,” which, OK, is less great.

But let’s remember that area teens “accepted diplomas” and are “helping to fight hunger in the Inland Northwest.”

They also were “honored in scholarship program.”

Sort of gives you hope for the heavily tattooed future, doesn’t it?

In fact, when you read that area teens were “urged to wait until marriage for sex” I’m guessing you felt confident in assuming that they would.

Today’s Slice question: What do you think was the longest you ever spent lying on the ground and staring at ants?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Skipping stones is time well spent.

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