From the Editor
Photograph by: Bob Capazzo
I'm grateful for lots of things in my life and, thanks to our cover story, I can add another item to my list: My college application days are long gone. When I was at Greenwich Academy I consistently made the honor roll, played a variety of team sports, was the stage manager of several plays, and edited our literary magazine. Yet compared to the group on the cover of this issue, I was a total slacker.
These kids are superstars, exhibiting unparalleled passion and dedication. And it’s not just about book smarts or athletic ability. They are setting records (the youngest member ever to be elected to the RTM), overcoming obstacles (a blind crew champion), paving new roads (a groundbreaking scientist) and so much more. The word inspiring doesn’t even begin to do them justice.
The amazing thing about this project was that finding these kids wasn’t all that difficult — narrowing it down was. Everywhere we turned there was another remarkable teen. And the logistics of this project were also huge — you try coordinating ten super-busy teens to show up on the same day for a photo shoot. For that, all the credit goes to senior editor Christina Cush and our super-intern Yarden Maoz. And a big thank-you to the folks over at the Arch Street Teen Center, who couldn’t have been more helpful in allowing us to take over the place for a day.
One of our biggest concerns was how comfortable the teens would be in front of the camera. That turned out to be completely unfounded. Each and every one of them was poised and confident, joking with one another yet respecting each other as well. The future is indeed bright.
Although it’s been a while since my back-to-school days, September will always signify new beginnings to me. So what better time to kick off a new department in the magazine? This month we introduce TheBuzz (page 187), a department dedicated to the milestones and celebrations of local businesses.
From great kids to new faces in business, we’ve got a lot to celebrate this fall. Cheers!
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