We were extremely pleased when we opened the Lawrence Journal-World Sunday to see Baldwin High School represented in our sister paper's annual Academic All-Stars, a select group of the 10 most outstanding students in our area.
We were even more pleased -- and pleasantly surprised -- that the representation was not just one, but two selections to the prestigious group of scholars. In our memory, BHS has had students make the top list and numerous students nominated, but we don't recall ever having two scholars.
Congratulations are in order for Emily Krysztof and Amanda Vander Tuig. They deserve that and more.
All one has to do is read the stories and biographies of these two amazing young girls to see their vast accomplishments -- already.
Both are No. 1 in their class and have 4.0 grade point averages. How could there not be two No. 1s in that situation? Obviously, they've done the book work.
But, the list of accomplishments, clubs, activities and on and on and on are simply amazing. It shows that they've gotten the most possible out of their high school careers.
Too often we hear about problems with schools and education. No Child Left Behind and State Assessment Tests grab too many headlines. They often show problems in our schools.
All it takes is one look at what these girls have done to know that if the educational opportunities available are taken full advantage of, good things follow.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. The quality of education our children receive is exactly what they put into it. No amount of parental, teacher, administration or whatever push can make anyone accomplish anything. It's up to the individual.
These are two shining examples of that. Thank you, Emily and Amanda, for showing exactly what a Baldwin School District education can mean. You're the tops.
We salute you.