With grade-point averages well above a 4.0 and extracurricular activities that would put some adults' resumes to shame, it was clear why local students of the year earned that distinction Friday at the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Education Awards Breakfast.
The chamber honored a student of the year from each of the Rock Hill school district's three high schools and from Trinity Christian School and Westminster Catawba Christian School.
"They choose the student who best represents the essence of their school," said Elaine Baker, spokeswoman for the Rock Hill district.
The students are athletes, scholarship winners, school leaders and club presidents. They aspire to go to college and study art, medicine and political science.
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When asked about their award, all were humble in their responses.
"I don't think being student of the year is something you can win by yourself," said Amanda Wines, student of the year from Westminster Catawba Christian School. "I work as hard as I can, but I don't feel like I'm the best. So, I was very honored."
Caroline Allen, student of the year at South Pointe High School, was surprised to be chosen.
"I know I'm involved, but I know there's a lot of other people that are equally involved -- so it could have gone to a lot of people," she said.
Other students of the year were Zachary Beaver of Northwestern High, Morey Reinblatt of Rock Hill High and Jeremy Allen of Trinity Christian.
'In the trenches'
The breakfast also honored educators of the year from Clinton Junior College, Rock Hill schools, St. Anne Catholic School, Trinity Christian School, Westminster Catawba Christian School, Winthrop University and York Technical College.
Teachers of the year from each of Rock Hill's schools also were recognized.
David Casey, vice president of business development at Family Trust Federal Credit Union, thanked the teachers for their commitment to education.
"These folks are truly in the trenches every day being a part of our children's lives," he said.
Students of the year