Kudos in the classroom and out

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Editorial: Oct. 23, 2012

TOPIC: Academics, fire truck and ride show positives
OUR VIEW: Good is all around us

Performing at a high level in school always has been important to Central Hardin High School seniors Rachel Witten and Kendra Ball, so much so that the pair is among about 16,000 high school seniors from around the country in the running for prestigious scholarships that go deeper than the $2,500 reward.

Witten and Ball recently were named National Merit semifinalists. Semifinalists are chosen based on preliminary SAT scores taken during a student’s junior year. The students now must submit applications in hopes of moving on to the finalist stage.

The emotions for the pair ranged from excitement to being stunned as Witten and Ball found themselves in select company for the national honor.

Witten plans to pursue secondary education and is considering attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and then Western Kentucky University. As a semifinalist, she can receive a full scholarship to WKU.

For Ball, she also hopes to become a teacher and attend college outside of Kentucky.

Congratulations to them both.

FIRE TRUCK AT PATTON. A piece of 9/11 history will be within a short drive for many Hardin County residents at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership.

What is believed to be the first fire truck on the scene as terrorists plunged an airplane into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, has been acquired for the museum.

Christopher Kolakowski, director of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership, said Foam 161, a foam fire truck, was several yards from the building when the plane exploded.

The Patton Museum is the second in the world to display to the public a fire truck that responded to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Museum officials hope for a future event to host when the truck is moved from where it is being prepared for display at the museum.

As part of the display, museum officials would like to place a large-scale gallery of the Pentagon on fire behind the truck as well as provide a guide of information about the piece and its history.

The truck arrived at Fort Knox last month and was offered to the museum by the Center of Military History in August.

Calling the acts of 9/11 “our generation’s Pearl Harbor,” Kolakowski wants area residents and museum visitors to remember that day.

RIDE 2 RECOVERY. What started recently as a bike ride through Radcliff quickly became a pep rally of sorts to students at Radcliff Elementary School, Bluegrass Middle School and John Hardin High School.

A group of bicyclists dressed in red, white and blue were part of the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge, celebrating the physical and mental rehabilitation of wounded warriors.

The stop in Radcliff was part of a six-day journey from Covington to Nashville with more than 150 bikers taking part.

The ride itself brings awareness to those who return with battle scars and are in need. It also showcases to the community there are those rallying around our heroes of war and that comfort, care and understanding is needed.

What happened in Radcliff is something that can’t be found in a U.S. history book, but something that won’t soon be forgotten for these youngsters.

The ride offers healing for its participating veterans and inspiration for thousands of young people. That’s a great trip..

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.