Best and brightest an inspiration

Whom should we be more proud of, than our own children, the generation we’re helping to raise, the future of our community?

Someone voiced a beef recently about those ‘Proud Parent of an Honour Roll Student’ bumper stickers.

We couldn’t disagree more. Whom should we be more proud of, than our own children, the generation we’re helping to raise, the future of our community?

Over the next two issues of the News Bulletin, we’re profiling some of Nanaimo’s Best and Brightest. (Click here, here, here and here.) We’ve caught up with the top graduating high school students from this past spring who are now heading off to post-secondary, heading out into the world.

These youths aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow – already, today, they’re leaders and thinkers and innovators.

People often say that youths get a bad rap. Sure there are some teens loitering outside the mall, but as these pages show, maybe the best and brightest teens are just a wee bit too busy for that kind of idling.

People say, too, that they want more positive news stories. News stories don’t get more positive than this – bright young minds, bodies and spirits with goals and dreams.

As another school year gets started this week, it’s fortifying to think just how many future Best and Brightest candidates are exploring the halls of their high schools. It’s remarkable how quickly they go from working out their locker combinations to getting started on curing cancer and ending world hunger.

The Best and Brightest who we’re featuring this week were an inspiration to their peers and they should be an inspiration to us all. They aced their exams, squeezed in a whole bunch of extra-curricular activities, had a social life, and at the same time, got started saving the world.

Their enthusiasm should inspire all of us, and all of their dreams should be ours, too.