From the Editor: Rising Stars

Every September we introduce you to ten teens who are well on their way to taking the world by storm. They are stars on the field, in the classroom, on the stage, in front of and behind the camera; they seek to change the world through philanthropy and scientific endeavors.

Though a varied group, these young dynamos do have a few things in common—they share a strong sense of curiosity and determination. There’s Aria Eastwood, whose path as a dancer seemed solidified until an injury sidelined her dream—or what she thought was her dream. (Spoiler alert: The Sacred Heart grad should make Annie Leibovitz a little nervous.) There’s Matheus Chaves who moved here from Brazil as a shy nine-year-old. Matheus is now an honor student, varsity soccer player and passionate volunteer. As a result he has been honored as the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. We know you will enjoy reading about Aria and Matheus and their eight amazing peers. (“Look Out World, Here They Come!,” page 118.)

You can imagine what it’s like coordinating a photo shoot of ten über-kids. The term herding cats comes to mind—each bolting off in a different direction. But every May we manage to find a Sunday morning to gather our stars (but not too early—they are after all, still teens). Coming from different schools and grades, there’s always a bit of concern as to how they will mix. It turns out to be unfounded. They are mature, gracious, confident, and yet, still kids at heart. Listening to them talk about regular teen stuff—sports, movies, proms—was heartening. Although they are all destined to do great things,they have not lost the essence of youth. And when you think about it, that’s usually the mark of a pretty cool adult, too.