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November 21, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Celebrate the nation’s youth

Get inspired

A 7-year old perfectly in a break-dancing freeze pose? Now that’s not ordinary news [“7-year-old break dancer is on top of the whirl,” page one, Nov. 15].

It was great to read about the accomplishments of Jalen Testerman, especially when we are so used to hearing about all the problems going on in our world. Sometimes we forget how important it is to cultivate our youth and encourage them to reach their dreams and utmost potential.

There are endless opportunities for youth to find their passion, and stories like these open parents up to these possibilities.

I believe it is important for kids to expand their horizons to different activities, even if it may be a one-time thing. We live only once, so why wait until one is older when there is so much to experience at every age?

Jalen exhibits the amazing spirit and unique talent all kids have within them. I support him all the way, and hope that all of us can be inspired to get our own lives flying in dynamic ways.

— Erika Sanchez, Seattle

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