Missing cup of tea

As reported in the July 21 Altoona Mirror, the Blair County Tea Party held a festival at Legion Park.

Of course, it consisted of the usual raffles, auctions, music, food and informative speeches, which was to my mind, all reasonably if not well done, and duly reported in your article.

I appreciated the coverage of the event and specifically, the talk show host, Rose Tennent. But to my way of thinking, the real news and star of the event was the Blair County Tea Party scholarship award winner, Hunter DeRensis, and that was not mentioned at all in the article.

DeRensis is a local student planning to attend George Mason University.

I think everyone there was absolutely blown away by the research he’d done, the orderly connection of facts and events and the succinctness of his writing, not to mention his choice of subject matter.

His essay is an awesome display of the thoughts and energies of the younger generation that I think would refresh and encourage all ages with its example of excellence.

We have artists and musicians in the area, Westminster show dog winners, comic strip and other authors; we have so much talent in our local area.

Our young people going off to college is part of that talent. I would like to see you report on this talented and hardworking student who won the scholarship.

Linley Conroy

Hollidaysburg