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To the editor:

This is in regards to those people who seem to “judge the book by the cover!”

You see, I am a junior at Mingo Central and am running for home coming court ( I won).

As most know I am me: a student who loves my school, enjoys every activity and takes pride in our athletic department. No, I may not be a “girly-girl,” one who worries about the fashions (unless it’s the new Jordans! Haha) but nonetheless I am a female.

I can sport a ball gown as well as a snap back.

I was told in the ninth grade by one teacher that I wasn’t football field material, but I won attendant and dressed accordingly, so why would the subject be brought up again? I believe I am a people person; I get along with everyone, from those I went to school with since head start to the ones I just met last year after consolidation.

Words can hurt.

For a minute I almost didn’t run, but then I decided not to give the “haters” the satisfaction of knocking me down. I am going to be me regardless and hope people will stop and think before they let their tongue cut someone to the core.

To all the adults in our lives are supposed to be there to encourage good things (in participation) in activities, so why would they “dis”-courage a student who doesn’t fit the mold of what they think an attendant or even queen should look like?

It made me think of what I don’t want to be — an obstacle to anyone who is willing to go all out for their school, either in a dress or in a pair of jogging pants and t-shirt.

I just hope this letter wakes people up and causes them to make a change. Stop and realize that the words you speak could cause heart ache and pain in a teenager’s life.

— Tara Sexton

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