Honored teens among area’s best

Twenty remarkable local young men and women were recognized Tuesday evening for their leadership, community involvement and high academic performance.

We urge you to take the time to read the pages of the magazine profiling each of these 20 students that is inserted into today’s Tribune Chronicle. We feel confident you will agree that each of these teens provides a perfect example about what is right about area youth today. Each of these 20 — all under age 20 — is an asset to his or her community because of the productive, ethical and inspirational lives that each leads.

Now in its sixth year, the Tribune Chronicle, Kent State University at Trumbull and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley have again joined together to honor these bright young people. The honorees were recognized at a banquet Tuesday held at DiVieste Banquet Hall.

These students were selected by judges from nominations submitted by school guidance counselors, teachers, families, pastors and other readers. Judging was based on a calculation of 50 percent volunteer work, 25 percent academics and 25 extracurricular activities.

Similar to past years, this year’s honorees carry perfect or near-perfect grade point averages in their studies, work tirelessly to find new ways to help those who are less fortunate, demonstrate exemplary leadership skills and have future aspirations that can make our heads spin.

These young men and women have traveled on mission trips and volunteer their time helping the elderly, the needy and younger children. They are members of Scouts and are active in their churches and school activities, and some even manage to find time to hold part-time jobs. While maintaining excellent grades and developing complex plans for their futures, they manage to thrive under the pressure of their full schedules.

These young leaders are blazing strong trails into the future, and they should be very proud of their accomplishments. It’s no doubt their families, peers and teachers already are.

Honored in the 2018 Class of Twenty Under 20 are: Michael VanSuch, Hubbard High School; Katrina Altawil, Howland High School; Lydia Walls, Warren G. Harding High School; Kathryn Sharples, Girard High School; Melody Castner, Hubbard High School; Blake Gould, Lakeview High School; Angelica Park, Girard High School; Kayla Clark, Howland High School; Julia Carson, Niles McKinley High School; Katie McBane, Warren G. Harding High School; Michael Schaefer, Howland High School; Cassie Forsha, Badger High School; Isabella Kellar, Maplewood High School; Lillian Kish, Hubbard High School; Joon Kim, Lakeview High School; Gianna Jones, Youngstown State University; Alexander Payiavlas, Warren G. Harding High School; Brenna Rimer, Bristol High School; Dante Zamarelli, John F. Kennedy High School; and this year’s top winner, Gannon Fridley, John F. Kennedy High School.

Congratulations to this year’s class of “Twenty Under 20” nominees. You make us all proud.