Editorial: Three Cheers

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

Teen Reader’s Theatre

great idea from library

King Family Library is doing its part to try to get teenagers to see the fun of reading. Kids have to read for school, but not enough young people grab a book to enjoy on their own. It’s a disturbing trend. The Teen Reader’s Theatre Club may be an answer. It combined reading with performing in a fun and entertaining scenario.

The club meets every Friday afternoon on the first floor of the King Family Library. The club is open to anyone 12-17 years old, and no audition is required. Teens in the club read a variety of narratives in a kind of workshop/rehearsal setting. While all participants are encouraged to read, performance is not mandatory.

Right now, around 10-12 teens usually participate in the group. They are currently reading a script of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” film, but they have read a variety of scripts and narratives. This is a great idea, one that should be copied in all libraries. Word out...

Gymnast Alexis Hicks

has path toward dream

You never know where the next great Olympic gymnasts will be coming from, but they all started out in the sport very young with no experience but a lot of dreams. New Center fifth-grader Alexis Hicks is one of those young gymnasts with a dream of one day being an Olympic gymnast.

The 10-year-old earned a gold medal in all-around (Level 7 optional gymnast) at the Ozone Invitational at the Knoxville Convention Center. It’s the fourth year in a row that Hicks has claimed the all-around title in her division at the meet. This shows a promising future and a commitment to the sport.

A gold in the vault (9.675) propelled Alexis to the all-around title, while she also performed well on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The daughter of Kim and Travis Hicks, Alexis is a budding talent who is earning her stripes in a tough and demanding sport. We’ll be hearing a lot from her in the coming years as she works on fulfilling that dream.

Gail Crutchfield drives

another terrific pageant

Allow us to toot our own horn for a moment and recognize the enormous work that Community Editor Gail Crutchfield out into the annual Holiday of Hope pageant held last weekend at the Sevierville Civic Center. This is an enormous undertaking, done out of her love for and commitment to Relay For Life, the project to fund the American Cancer Society.

The pageant attracts dozens of young girls and women seeing a title, but also raises much needed money for the Relay cause. Gail starts on the project months ahead, rounding up sponsors, getting the program printed, securing door prizes and enrolling contestants. Her co-workers assist in the project, especially on the day of the pageant, but this is Gail Crutchfield’s baby, which she has nurtured for four years.

This newspaper, and by extension our readers, are lucky to have Gail on the staff, not just for her newspaper skills, but for her devotion to the community and the Relay for Life cause. Thanks, Gail, for another terrific pageant.