A lot of space in today’s edition is devoted to students at Havelock area schools.

A lot of space in today’s edition is devoted to students at Havelock area schools.

We have an entire special section saluting the Havelock High state championship football team. We also have honor roll lists as well as pictures from Christmas celebrations at some area schools.

Talented students at Havelock High School made sweet music during a pair of holiday concerts — one for chorus and one for the band — helping put all in the Christmas mood.

Beyond that, we know students have been doing good things through the holiday season, helping feed families at Thanksgiving with various food drives and helping adopt families during this Christmas season.

Others have been outside at Walmart helping the Salvation Army ring bells. Still some students gave the most precious gift of all — the gift of life through a blood drive at Havelock High.

Though we can’t recognize all of them by name, we certainly would like to take this opportunity to honor all the efforts of our students, whether they’re in this edition or not.

And we know their efforts would not be possible without caring parents and teachers who guide our children and shape their values so tomorrow can be a better day than today.

But as we honor our children and our students in today’s edition, we find it hard not to think of those in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman last week took the lives of 20 innocent children during a mass shooting at an elementary school. Six members of the school’s faculty were also killed.

We’re not here to try to make sense of what happened, nor are we here to advocate for one position or another on the gun-control debate that has followed. We’re here simply to mourn with the parents, the people of Newtown and indeed an entire nation.

Few things are better than watching a child learn and grow right before our eyes. Unfortunately, we will never know what may have become of these 20 lost lives. We will never be able to recognize them for making the honor roll, playing in the band or winning a state championship. So, we recognize them now — Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison N. Wyatt.

Rest in peace.