I had the opportunity last week to attend the county school system's Junior Academic Bowl. For those who don't know, it consists of teams from each school in the district, competing in a 'jeopardy' format. The week included competition for all grade levels, on different nights. My grandson, a 7th grader, has competed in similar academic challenges for each of the past 4 years, and has made us proud each year by bringing home trophies, but that aside, it is just a lot of fun to watch all of those kids competing for honors, and to appreciate just how much effort they and their team coaches put into it. This year was the first time Doug has competed in this double elimination format, and I had never attended any events except the ones he was in, so I didn't know what to expect. Let me tell you, it was tough! It made me realize how long I had been out of school. The questions were not easy, and all of the competitors gave it their best shot; they were all business. Our (Doug's) team took top honors, and I couldn't have been any prouder, of course, not only to see them win, but also they managed to defeat the county's top-rated middle school in the process. I suppose I'm bragging some, but my main point is: if anyone has a chance to go to similar scholastic events, by all means do so, and support your schools. You won't regret going to see these kids bust their hearts to excel. They are all truly winners in my book. There is a lot of negative publicity about the educational system, but there are many more positive events taking place, that get very little media attention.