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Letters to the editor - Standing ovation
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Dear Editor: Bravo to Jennifer Long and the Covington News for the Jan. 6 and Jan. 24 stories celebrating the success of students from Social Circle Theater at the 2010 Junior Theater Festival ("Bright lights, big city" and "Students from Social Circle Theater win outstanding production award").

These young artists may have earned awards and recognition at our national festival, but they received a more important prize back home: support and encouragement from their community.

Please join me in giving a standing ovation in celebration of the parents, educators, businesses and community members across your community who are doing their part to help students learn important life lessons through the experience of putting on a show.
And, this year, let us all do what we can to help students to explore the arts, whether it be attending shows, donating time, money, resources or expertise to productions or just complimenting our young artists and educators on their accomplishments.

Timothy A. McDonald
Chairman iTheatrics,
New York