EDITOR: I would like to congratulate Gannett Central Wisconsin Media for honoring the 2013 Academic All-Stars. It is wonderful to see these students recognized for all they have achieved academically. Unfortunately, Daily Herald Media's editorial missed the mark by claiming that our community honors athletic achievements and lacks "an equivalent honor or community prestige for academic achievement."
Since 2002, Marathon County High Schools have held a terrific event called the "Honoring Excellence in Education" banquet. This program is organized by the school principals and has been sponsored by local businesses. The banquet recognizes two students from each high school in Marathon County for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
Each student is allowed to invite a teacher or mentor who has contributed to his or her educational achievements. Not only are these exceptional students recognized, but the teachers who inspired them are rightly honored as well. The students present a brief summary in their own words on how these teachers helped them become the accomplished students they are today.
This is only one of many recognition events that takes place in our community. Many businesses, nonprofit organizations and private citizens donate time and money for academic scholarships and internships for our local students.
For the newspaper to take credit for being the first in our area to acknowledge academic results as opposed to athletic accomplishments is misleading at best. My only advice to your editorial staff is something these incredible students probably didn't have to hear too often from their parents: "Do Your Homework!"
Deborah N. Kane,