A trio of youths who impress us with big actions

This region is blessed to be populated by countless individuals who are special in so many unique and different ways.

Readers of the Sun-Gazette surely already know this. The newspaper’s pages are filled with stories and photos heralding the accomplishments and contributions of so many people of all ages, including the young.

Take for instance Olivia Dorner, a South Williamsport sophomore who recently did what no other player in District 4 history had done in reaching the state final in girls tennis.

Not only that, she excelled, placing second at the state tournament and bringing home the silver to Lycoming County.

Then there’s 12-year-old Jacob Stopper, a sixth-grade student at Loyalsock Middle School with an interest in politics. Not only does he follow national politics, but local, to the point that he made his parents — yes, made them — take him to a pair of local political forums in October.

He didn’t just attend the events — he dressed to the nines for them, putting on a suit and tie and looking as though he would fit in on the stage with those campaigning for local public offices.

We’re also extremely impressed with the efforts and quick action of Gabrielle Ulrich, a 14-year-old from Montoursville who called 911 and immediately began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her older sister Madison who had collapsed during a family gathering. Gabrielle’s quick action was credited with saving Madison’s life.

“She kept us in the game,” said Joseph Hopple, a paramedic who responded from the firehouse to the girls’ home that day.

These youths are but a few young people who live in our area and who show great potential. We will not be surprised if we hear their names again someday in connection with additional accomplishments and activities of which to be proud.

Well done, Olivia, Jacob and Gabrielle.


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