I think the Teen Times Review was a good idea but it probably won't continue beyond next month. A decision on that will be made in February.
We will have one more contest, to be printed in the Monday, Feb. 6, Chronicle Times, with the winner to win $25 in Cherokee Bucks. It is doubtful that there will be a winner in March.
The contest, open to students in grades 5-12, went about as expected for the first three months. Three young people entered the first month, four the second month and six entered the third month.
Although the contest was open to students through high school, all of the contestants were middle school students, grades 5-8. This was also as expected.
What was a bit surprising was that no one entered the most recent contest, published in the Dec. 30 Chronicle Times. Usually printed on the first Monday of the month, this contest was on the last Friday of December because there was no paper on the first Monday in January due to the New Years holiday observed Jan. 2.
The lack of participation undoubtedly resulted from the fact that this was during Christmas vacation and young people had other things to do.
Perhaps it is premature to pull the plug. Participation could continue to grow but when summer vacation comes around, participation will likely go down, perhaps to nothing again.
I know that not all the young people who read the Teen Times Review participate in the contest. Some simply don't enter contests.
We've heard from some adults who enjoy the weekly summary of events. Some adults even read the monthly quiz, testing their knowledge of recent events and enjoying the humor in some of the choices in the multiple choice quiz.
Regardless of the fate of the Teen Times Review, we urge parents and educators to encourage young people to read about the events of their community.
Young people need to develop a feeling of being connected to the world beyond family, friends and classroom. They are encouraged to learn about current events in the country and the world, certainly a necessary learning step, but too often they miss the crucial step of gaining interest in and knowledge of how their lives are affected by the events within their community.