The Way I See It: Stars shine — in my house, and in your community

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Today, I've decided to keep your attention for just a bit talking a little about me — and a little about you. Sound fair?

Actually, it's more about my daughter, who you've all started to get to know through this space since I was lucky enough to take this chair in August.

It's a huge year for my girl — senior year of high school and racing ahead to the future.

My husband and I last week spent a day with her at Point Park University — her school of choice and a wonderful venue for her talents.

Of course, I immediately was struck by how the university has grown, from its almost-invisible early days to an urban campus full of vitality and promise for students who lean toward the arts, want an engineering career and everything in between.

As we strolled in and out of the beautiful facilities along Wood Street, we couldn't help but smile at her enthusiasm — her excitement over what the future holds. But along with that, we couldn't help but keep pace a step behind and reflect on the amazing young woman she has become — and how, yes, the years are fleeting, indeed.

Tomorrow night, Kylie takes the stage as one of the leads in the Upper St. Clair musical, a nod to Elvis, titled “All Shook Up.” She'll have butterflies as she enters the spotlight, and she'll be feeling a little bittersweet over this being the last year of high school musicals for her.

I hope, though, she takes a minute to realize she forever will have our top billing and that she always — always — should shoot for the stars.

Now, about you.

We've been asking our readers for a couple of weeks to send in nominations for the annual Sewickley Herald honors celebration.

It's a chance for us to recognize the good things you do and to honor the Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

If I've learned one thing in my short tenure here, it's that there are a lot of people in the Sewickley Valley who shine — who go out of their way to help the community, their church, your children.

Letters have been trickling in, but I want to hear from you. Who would you nominate? Why? What do you want me, your new editor, to know about your friend, your neighbor, your church group, your volunteers?

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you next month as we herald all the good stuff you tell me.

Mya Koch is editor of the Sewickley Herald. Reach her at

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