This is a great time of year.

Spring is in full bloom and summer is knocking on the door.

And for some area high school students, that means graduation looms large, one of the most exciting times of their young lives.

All graduating students deserve kudos. It’s like a passage from childhood to adulthood, when the future becomes now.

For us, as we do every year, we get to spotlight some wonderful kids in our ongoing series on valedictorians and salutatorians.

Our first stories featured two Liberty High School students. Isabelle Valdez, the school’s valedictorian, and Brooke Finley, the salutatorian are each graduating with two associate’s degrees from Victoria College as well as their high school diplomas.

Wow. That’s impressive.

You’ll read about many students who excelled in the classroom with stellar GPAs but who shined in other areas, too. These students took advantage of all opportunities, such as honor societies, athletics, theater and other extracurricular activities.

“The work ethic is the best thing we can carry out of here for life,” Valdez told the Advocate.

Time and again, we hear from people about all the negative stories we write. A lot of readers seem to lose track of the positive stories we print.

But we urge you: Don’t ignore these stories of the area’s top students. They shine the spotlight on well-deserving students who someday will be the ones we look to in the future.

We’ll close with the wise words – words that can empower all of us – of one of the featured students.

“Don’t be afraid, and follow what you want to do,” Finley said. “Everything is going to be OK.”

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate’s editorial board.

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