Letters to the Editor

'To rise above'

What a refreshing and uplifting story ["We're going to strike up the band," Young Voices Nov. 18]. These students demonstrate confidence that, despite opposition or "peer pressure," will certainly go far toward their own personal success in life. As I read this article, tears came to my eyes. I thought of how proud [Marissa Honda's] parents must be and how grateful her teachers, administration and fellow band members must be to see such leadership and be a part of this group.

It sounds as though this group is fully dedicated to one another and the team. No matter the outcome of each performance these students are winners. Congratulations to the leader, the team and their determination to rise above being labeled.

Barbara Duchi