You don't have to search far to find exceptional young people. Amid all that's going on around us, good kids are flourishing.
For nearly 60 years, The Charlotte Observer has made sure we honor students who excel academically, are leaders in their schools and good citizens who serve in their communities.
Today we honor this region's 2010 All Star Scholars.
There are 126 students from the eight counties in The Charlotte Observer's readership area. Regional publications circulated in all those areas are featuring the local students on their fronts.
"These students are our future, and we couldn't be more delighted to honor them," said Observer Editor Rick Thames. "They are focused, talented and committed to their communities. One can not look at what they have already accomplished and not be both inspired and reassured about where we are headed as a region."
All Star Scholars dates back to the 1950s. The Charlotte News started honoring good students who performed well in a variety of areas. When the News ceased publication in the 1980s, The Charlotte Observer continued the tradition.
And every year there has been plenty of students from whom to choose. The students were recommended by guidance counselors from each of the schools. From this group, 10 will be named Seniors of the Year. Each of the 10 will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Observer.
The Seniors of the Year will be announced on May 23 in the Observer.
This year's All Star Scholars include young people headed to all of the area's major universities - Clemson, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Wake Forest and the University of South Carolina. There also are students headed to military academies and Ivy League schools. They have the highest of aspirations, looking to be doctors, lawyers and business people. All have been leaders at their various schools.
The schools represented come from the following counties: Cabarrus, Iredell, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba and, in South Carolina, York and Lancaster.
So today we salute the All Star Scholars. They've worked hard and deserve their honor.