And now for some good news …

In New York Friday, 18-year-old Meadows School senior Brett Leibowitz won the Wendy’s High School Heisman award, which goes to the top male and female high school student-athlete in America. More than 33,000 young men and women applied for the honor.

Among the credentials that separated Mr. Leibowitz from an absurdly large field of achievers: a weighted 4.71 grade-point average with participation in 11 advanced placement classes; co-captaining the school’s Class 2A state champion football and basketball teams; and a summer internship in Kamchatka, Russia, assisting with research on the Kol River ecosystem.

In winning the High School Heisman, Mr. Leibowitz received a few seconds of air time during Saturday’s televised presentation of college football’s Heisman Trophy. The recogntion made mention of his home town of Las Vegas.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Mr. Leibowitz said. “When they said my name, it was amazing.”

He’s the second valley resident to win the honor. Abby Miller of Green Valley High School received the girls’ award in 1999. It would be quite a feat for any area to claim one winner in the award’s 15 years. But two? That says a lot about the caliber of the valley’s best and brightest, and the parents, teachers and coaches who mentor them.

“He’s relentless in what he does,” Frank DeSantis, football coach and athletic director at The Meadows School, said of Mr. Leibowitz. “He goes a hundred miles in everything, academics and athletics.”

Congratulations to Mr. Leibowitz — for winning the High School Heisman, and for bringing some positive news to a region in desperate need of it.

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