For new readers:
I am always on the lookout for sharp, young, talented writers. As I have blogged in the past, these young folk must meet certain standards.
They must have a strong ability to write well.
Their efforts must be provocative and insightful.
They should have strong opinions and beliefs that are fact-based.
Their work should be grammatically correct, and they must not regularly and repeatedly flunk spell-check. Doing so would demonstrate a lack of pride and self-respect, not to mention a clear ineptness.
And there must be a consistency of excellence to their product. They wouldn’t dream of posting anything slightly embarrassing that would ruin their credibility in a heartbeat.
I have instituted recognizing special young writers who will be members of the Kevin Fischer “Whippersnapper Hall of Fame.” By the strictest definition, “whippersnapper” may not be the most positive term. However, I can assure you that in this context, “whippersnapper” should be considered in the most complimentary, respectful sense. These young individuals are refreshing.
My goal is to showcase these young writers who, by their true ability give us superb confidence that the future of our great country is in very capable hands.
These young stars are the real deal, bona fide talents. In reality, they are in a category far beyond “whippersnapper.” I salute and congratulate them for putting their talents to such constructive use.
I have updated the Hall of Fame when new talent comes to my attention. Readers are invited to nominate inductees by e-mailing me their suggestions.
I have also expanded my Hall of Fame beyond young writers to include young folks who have performed exceptional public service, accomplished outstanding feats, or demonstrated exemplary behavior.
The latest inductee is Lyla Black at #29 below.
THE KEVIN FISCHER “WHIPPERSNAPPER HALL OF FAME”
5) Hannah Giles
9) Jackie Seal
10) Jill Metzler
11) Jake Shafer
12) Bree McMahon
13) Keli Carender
14) Jessica Watson
15, 16, and 17) Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman
19) Zack Goodman
20) Lila Rose
23) Carlos Turner
24) Jhaqueil Reagan
25) Matt Walsh
26) Kwasi Enin
27) Anthony Casalena
28) Dylan Puccetti
29) Lyla Black