To the editor:

This past Tuesday evening, RTHS held its annual academic honors awards program. 

I have been presenting a scholarship at the ceremony for a local fraternal group for several years.  I read one sentence announcing the winner.

This could simply be done by school personnel. However, I keep attending this ceremony because it is such a joy to marvel at the couple hundred students there being recognized for excellence. 

This gathering is a microcosm of our future, and it appears bright. There are many students recognized from every race, color and creed. 

The gymnasium bleachers are filled with proud and caring families.       

You can see and feel the respect all of them have for each other and for the RTHS teachers, staff and administrators, who obviously work diligently to foster this. It is a wonderful evening each year.   

John Graham

Rural Rantoul