The state's best are here

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Editorial: Feb. 26, 2013

ISSUE: Statewide recognitions
OUR VIEW: The best reside here

While it’s not the first statewide contest, competitive cheerleading has moved to a new plateau. With recognition from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, it  officially is a sport.

And among the champions of that sport are two local squads. Elizabethtown High brought home first-place honors in the Class 1A large division and LaRue County was first in the Class 1A medium division. Cheers also go out to the Central Hardin and North Hardin squads, which also qualified for state and participated in the weekend showcase at Western Kentucky University.

In you’ve ever seen a series of back flips or the elaborate sequences of leaps and tosses, it’s obvious these young people are exceptional athletes. They all have devoted countless hours to develop their skills and deserve recognition.

It’s especially nice to have KHSAA recognition that the best of the best live around here. The pride felt by their coaches, parents, teachers and classmates is shared across the community.

LEGO LEGENDS. Another set of state champions attend T.K. Stone Middle School in Elizabethtown.

The Lego League at T.K. Stone won the robot performance category in the Kentucky First Lego League State Robotics Championship earlier this month. The team was required to create a Lego robot and program it to complete a series of missions in two-and-a-half minutes.

The championship did not come without some tension. Each team gets three chances to run the mission. On its final try, T.K. Stone shot up the scoreboard from 11th to first by finishing all its tasks in the allotted time.

That’s a championship won under pressure.

CELEBRATION CELEBRATES. Another place where Elizabethtown shines is having a good time.

The Second Saturday celebrations scheduled throughout the year by the Heritage Council recently were honored at the state level.

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association presented the monthly downtown event with its Judge’s Recognition Award as part of its 2013 Spring Top 10 Festivals & Events. Chosen by an impartial panel of judges, the criteria includes popularity, impact on local tourism economy and cultural and historical significance.

Launched in October 2011, the Heritage Council holds the events to give the community at large and visitors another reason to come downtown to sample shopping and dining options. Several different artistic and entertainment activities have been attempted. Among the most notable was last October’s zombie night.

It’s significant that the Heritage Council membership already is being honored. Obviously, its flair for organization is worthy of this praise. Let’s hope the organization will continue to find success with Second Saturday and that it can extend itself and stage other significant community functions.

MEMORIAL SITE. Finally, a more somber note but no less significant. The 9/11 Memorial erected at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff recently was the subject of a House resolution.

Backed by all state representatives of Hardin County’s House delegation, the resolution providing official state recognition of the 9/11 Memorial passed unanimously.

This tribute serves to remind us all of America’s resolve in the face of unknown terrors. It honors the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and its setting in the cemetery also reminds us of the military sacrifices made in defense of our nation.

The steel from the World Trade Center and limestone extracted from the Pentagon attack deserve to be known across Kentucky and across the country. Hardin County takes pride in this monument and stands ready to share it with any visitor driving between Fort Knox and Radcliff on U.S. 31W.

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