6/3/14 - Heartland's Best - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

6/3/14 - Heartland's Best

With another school year in the books, another class of exceptional minds are packing their bags and heading off to college. Moms across the heartland are preparing to see their children leave the nest while Dad’s prepare to turn that extra bedroom into the perfect “Man-Cave”.

Last Saturday KFVS12 brought in some of the top students in the Heartland to be recognized in our "Heartland's Best" program. I must say, after spending just a few minutes with this year's graduates, you will quickly feel a sense of excitement about our future. Because of their academic achievements and exceptional test scores, these students are headed to colleges and universities with impressive reputations, some nearby and some far from home.

It is our sincere hope these sharp minds find their way back to the Heartland when their college careers are over. I shared that sentiment with them. Now I share this with you - If we are to realize this hope, that our best and brightest will return to raise their families here in the heartland, then me must continue to create communities people want to live in and with enough economic opportunity to support them. It's up to each and every one of us to make our communities attractive to retain our Heartland’s Best. Each of us can play a part.

As for our graduates, regardless of what life holds for you, all of us at KFVS12 offer our sincere congratulations on your achievement and wish you all the best in the future.

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