Concord High School

To the Editor:

I have a few points I would like to address concerning the issue of the vote to keep Concord High School open. Many of those who are against the school have stated that we are not receiving a proper education. Some have said that we are not provided with enough opportunities to compete with other high schools. Some people even have to nerve to say that they are trying to close the school FOR US-for the benefit of us students. I'm growing excruciatingly tired of hearing these statements. The fact of the matter is, we all know none of that is true. The proof is in the proverbial pudding: smaller schools have higher graduation percentage rates.

To those who say we are not being educated properly, you should know that two Concord students who took classes through St. Johnsbury Academy were recognized for being exemplary students. These students were each chosen by their teacher as individuals who stood out from the entire class of Academy students. Also, Concord students took second place in Envirothon, which is a state-wide science competition.

Additionally, 50-70% of students change their major at least once before graduating from college; qualities most relevant to students' success are leadership skills and the ability to learn and work hard. Even those who do not want our school to stay open have admitted that our students exhibit these attributes. So let me ask you this: are you trying to close the school for lacking a football team and a chess club? You may want to re-access your priorities. Personally, I would love to go to college. My school can and will aid me in reaching my goals. if I put in the effort. I plan to graduate from Concord next year with a full year of college credits under my belt. No extracurricular course will help me accomplish what Concord High School can.

Start supporting the students and stop fighting them.

Keep our school open!

Sincerely,

Nicole Young

Concord, Vt.

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