Celebrating our youth (aka our future)

I went to the Scholarship Nights at both Nevada Union and Bear River high schools this week.

As in the past, I handed out scholarships to students who are incoming Cal Berkeley freshman as chairman of the local Alumni Group’s scholarship committee.

I always am inspired by the success of the students who receive scholarships from dozens of generous community donors — a tangible sign of our youth, their parents and teachers and the community all working together.

Barbara Ross, who runs the show and has become a good friend, is an amazing coordinator and evangelist for the students when it comes to applying for the awards.

Nowadays it truly “takes a village” to raise a child and more so in a rural area. This year was special because a long-time family friend graduated with a scholarship to UC Davis.

She chose Davis over Berkeley. No problem, because she’s interested in animal husbandry, and Davis is a top notch school for that.

My wife and I also attended my son’s “step up” from first grade to second grade. All the children received certificates of achievement for one skill or another.

My son’s was science. I wish his grandpa, a geologist and engineer, could have seen that. It’s a real drawback of being an older parent: Your child doesn’t get to know his grandparents because they usually are gone.

The over-riding theme of all three events: smiles, smiles and smiles.

We need to rally around our youth, because they are our future.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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