On Saturday, the Times-Republican published its annual Leaders of Tomorrow section featuring 56 area seniors selected by their local high schools.
While it isn't uncommon to be impressed by these students, we were particularly amazed by the pool of talent in this year's section. Not only are these students excelling academically, they are also integral members of their community.
All of the students are involved in many extra-curricular activities - everything from 4-H to art club - but they're also volunteering their time in the communities in which they live.
We think this is notable particularly because these students will grow into the working adults that still find time to donate their talent and resources and give back to their communities.
We're also encouraged by the students who are dreaming big. They plan to go on to college and study impressive fields. The students showcase a variety of admirable career ventures including engineers, artists, teachers, medical doctors and others. These young adults are discovering their passions in our local schools and determined to take it to the next level.
Each year we ask the students what they credit their success to. The answer is quite clear -they are grateful to their parents and educators.
It reinforces how powerful parents and teachers really are. These are the folks instilling into our youth the importance of work ethic, goal-setting and successful habits in life. Each of these students has recognized their mentors and role models as they round the corner to the milestone of graduation.
We applaud our local parents and teachers as these seniors complete their final courses and prepare to accept diplomas in a couple of months. We wish our leaders of tomorrow every success as they take what they've learned here and move toward their next achievements.