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Editor's Note: Pride & Joy



As a parent of one great teen,
I have always cherished the special pride that comes with supporting our son’s progress, celebrating his successes, and observing how he copes with challenges and mistakes. This is still true today as our family enters another special phase in his life. As a new sophomore and barely fifteen years old, he is showing signs of anticipation and wonder. He recognizes that what the future holds is wide open, and though he remains unsure about his goals—like most kids his age—he already can’t wait to see what happens. His dad and I love watching this play out from the sidelines.

No doubt the parents of the ten teens profiled in this issue have felt the same way about their children.

To be recognized as one of Stamford’s bright stars is a special honor. The chance to meet this group of ten and learn about their sky-high GPAs and extraordinary awards, skills and recognitions reminded all of us involved in the project—writer Beth Cooney, art director Garvin Burke and photographer Kit Noble—that Stamford has plenty to commend.

For the parents of these young men and women, this honor gives them yet another reason to celebrate what they already knew about their children. Still, watching them try to contain their excitement has been a happy consequence of the feature. When notified of the award, some cried. Some laughed. One was speechless. At the photo shoot, all expressions of delight were revealed once again. While each teen was styled and coached by the art team, all parents were beaming. One mother could not resist fussing with her daughter’s hair as her daughter rolled her eyes (while trying to suppress a smile).

I laughed to myself—I know that eye roll well—but I also shared the parents’ joy. So much so, that later that day, once I arrived home, I gave our son a big hug and told him how proud of him I always am.

He rolled his eyes.

So here’s to Stamford’s “Ten Teens to Watch” ... and here’s to their overjoyed parents. We are delighted for all of you.

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