I wholeheartedly agree with columnist Don DeArmon’s praise for Frederick High School (“Hooray for Frederick High School,” Jan. 5). My twin sons, who will graduate from FHS this spring, have had a very good experience there. I am quite pleased with how the school has met their different needs.

Academically, public school is what you make of it. If Advanced Placement test scores are any indication, students can get a fine education at FHS. Successful students at FHS are accepted to the most prestigious colleges.

My favorite aspect of FHS, however, is the diversity. I love that my sons meet such a variety of people — people of different nationalities, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities. FHS students are citizens of the world.

We once saw a college catalog that listed Twi as a foreign language option. I asked, “Who speaks Twi?” My son replied, “People in Ghana and western Africa.” He knew that because of fellow students at FHS. I think such cultural awareness is wonderful.

Knowing a wide range of people, many of whom face significant challenges, also fosters social sensitivity and reduces prejudice. From what I’ve seen, FHS students are remarkably kind to each other, and perhaps this stems from the diversity. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to value kindness even more than intelligence. I’m glad my kids are at a school that encourages both.

FHS does not typically get the press it deserves, so I greatly appreciated DeArmon’s column. We should celebrate FHS for the valuable education it offers.

Nicki Sideris


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Great Letter!


wouldn't it be better if we didn't have to hear this drumbeat of diversity every waking hour and instead no one was aware of it because everyone treated every other deserving one like a human being


Jersey, not in this case. As an FHS parent, I think their diversity is special, as they have kids from about 30 countries and a wide variety of socioeconomic groups, and they mostly get along very well. Its a great resource for the students.


I agree three. My son got a great education there. He was successful in college and he is very successful now.

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