Cumberland Times-News

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May 4, 2013

Good job

Youngster wins district in Md. writing contest

Considering that it’s a vital tool of our particular trade, we sometimes despair of what’s become of the language arts in America, especially where writing is involved.

Many people think they can write, just as many people think they can sing.

Most of them, experience tells us, are wrong.

What’s often considered “writing” these days consists largely of text-messages executed in a language that’s incomprehensible to those who haven’t learned it.

That’s why we are happy to congratulate Caitlin Rosenberger, whose entry won her district in a writing contest sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League.

Rosenberger, a 10-year-old fourth-grade student at Cresaptown Elementary School, wrote about the theme “If I Were Mayor, I Would ... .”

It’s wonderfully written and well thought-out. We agree with what she says, particularly when she talks about developing a working relationship between the Mayor and City Council members and involving representatives of local business, education and the community.

Congratulations also go to Rosenberger’s teacher, Tania Pressman, and to the second- and third-place finishers who also are from Cresaptown: Janna Barton (whose teacher is Misty Barton) and Dylan Meader (teacher Mandy Abe).

Someone in this school is doing things the right way, and so are Rosenberger’s parents — Jeffrey and Amanda Rosenberger.

The youngster wins $100, a visit to Annapolis and a boat ride on the Chesapeake Bay.

Success should be rewarded, particularly in the case of youngsters whose accomplishments at even a tender age give us hope for our future.

Rosenberger’s essay can be found on our website, www.times-news.com under Local News/More Local News Headlines for May 1.

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