Welcome to the Idaho County Free Press’s first Youth in Focus special section. Here you will find spotlights on some of Idaho County’s unique young people. The youth highlighted in these pages are students, scholars, volunteers, leaders, workers and citizens of our communities.

As I settle into my 50s, I am often reminded of the need to encourage – not coddle – our youth as they grow. Why? Because people like me are getting older and, no matter how trite it may sound, the children really are our future.

Societal values will change during the next few decades. This is not a threat, it’s just a fact. Young people today have some different concerns than we did. For the most part they are marrying and starting families later. They are more concerned with the environment and healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

These are the people who will be making the decisions about our country: to put it at a more local level, they will be members of our city councils, managing our grocery stores, fixing our cars, leading our churches, teaching at our schools, and more.

We think you will be optimistic about our future when you read the responses from these thoughtful youth – just a sampling of what our area has to offer.

~ Lorie Palmer, community editor, on behalf of The Idaho County Free Press


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GRANGEVILLE – What was supposed to be an epic ultimate frisbee catch last summer left Hunter Schoo with a couple of knocked out teeth and some…

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GRANGEVILLE – When Taryn Godfrey was in eighth grade, she made a 74-slide presentation for her parents. The topic? “Why I should have my own dog.”

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KAMIAH – A Kamiah youth was one of nearly 70 volunteers in the state of Idaho who were honored at Idaho’s Brightest Stars awards in January.

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GRANGEVILLE – Five-year-old Russell Newson marches to the beat of his own drummer.

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KOOSKIA – Best friends practically since birth, fifth grader Seasha Reuben and fourth-grader Maddie Smith have a lot in common.

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