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May 24, 2013 at 8:33 PM

High-school sports stars

Highlight other high-school talents

From top are three of this season's Star Times athletes: Madi Schreyer, a pitcher for Woodinville High School's softball team, Trevor Morrison, a baseball shortstop for Archbishop Murphy of Everett, and Xahil McDonald, a center back for Chief Sealth's boys soccer squad. (Photos by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

From top are three of this season’s Star Times athletes: Madi Schreyer, a pitcher for Woodinville High School’s softball team, Trevor Morrison, a baseball shortstop for Archbishop Murphy of Everett, and Xahil McDonald, a center back for Chief Sealth’s boys soccer squad. (Photos by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Your feature, “Star Times,” began with a reference to “Star Wars.” While I commend The Seattle Times for expanding its coverage to eight teams and more athletes, I question the wisdom of raising only the athletic stars of high school to this level of coverage and recognition, beautiful portraits and all [“Star Times,” Sports, May 21].

There are other stars of high school: the stars of the student paper, yearbook, National Honor Society, theater, band, debate, art, writing, gymnastics, etc. So many of our students shine in their own unique ways and yet, only athletes rise to the top of the citywide pedestal that your paper provides.

You perpetuate the high-school culture that worships the athletic, the popular and the beautiful, while ignoring so many others. Why must the athletes always win the star wars, while the other student stars are relegated to the periphery of your attention?

I encourage The Seattle Times to expand its “Star Times” feature to every aspect of high-school-student life.

Lawrence Dzwonkowski, Seattle

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