- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2001

In your April 22 article about student teams in the annual Botball competition at George Mason University, the unnamed winners of the competition (all boys) were mentioned in only one sentence, which stated that they came from Oliver Springs High School in Tennessee (“Tilden wins round with revived robot,” Metro). The unnamed winners of the Web-site portion of the competition (also all boys) were mentioned in only one sentence, which stated that they came from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County.

In contrast to the anonymity of the winners, the article devoted 41 lines of text to a group of girls (all named, several quoted) on an “all-girls team” that participated. I was surprised at the extent to which the current desire to “celebrate girls” has overwhelmed your judgment.

Next year, I hope that you will bravely step far enough into the realm of political incorrectness to at least tell us the names of the winners. In future years, you may even get so bold as to describe a little bit of what made the winning design better than the designs of those who simply participated.


RONALD K. HENRY

Vienna


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