Our future remains bright

Published 6:34 am Wednesday, February 25, 2009

By Staff
If you want to see into the future of Brewton and East Brewton, take a look at some of the students and young professionals in our community.
In this year’s Progress edition, we’ve talked to five young professionals and a dozen students — from elementary school students to Jefferson Davis Community College enrollees — about their plans for the future.
Morgan Waguespack at Pollard McCall wants to be a cardiologist.
Derrick Philyaw already has real-world experience under his belt through his classes at the Career Tech Center.
William Shell — who’s also on our sports page today for his performance in W.S. Neal’s opening baseball game — might just play the sport in college.
Kylie Jernigan believes God led her back to Brewton, where she is making her career as an attorney and making a life for herself and her husband.
These are just a few of the folks we’ve profiled in this year’s Progress edition, which is supported every year by advertisers in our community.
Every year, we like to bring you unique stories about the people and places in our community.
This year, we wanted to focus on the future — but what we have found is that the future is already here, not only in our students and young people but in each of us. We have new technology all around us; we have new innovations in juvenile justice programs; we have a state-of-the-art YMCA facility.
Those are just a few of the ways in which Brewton and East Brewton are taking steps toward the future.
We’re in a unique time right now, and it would be easy to get discouraged and wonder what kind of progress anyone is making.
But we have only to look around. We are a community that is growing, if not in quantity of people, than in knowledge, experience and talent.
Our quality of life is strong, and because of that, we have a bright future — and a bright present, as well.
Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or at kerry.bean@brewtonstandard.com.