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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00 am

Popular culture often serves Americans an unflattering image of teenagers as idled, coddled malcontents with selfish urges and scant resolve. How wonderful it was to be reminded in the June 21 World-Herald about teens with the timeless virtues of work ethic and perseverance. Columnist Michael Kelly’s piece about Papillion-La Vista graduate and soon-to-be United States Naval Academy plebe Keegan Kush reminds us that hard work and dedication still pay off. Kush’s “free ride” to an elite college education in Annapolis, Md., will be paid in more of his sweat and effort. But his willingness to set high goals and strive toward them is a sterling example of what teens can and often do.

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