We wish the best of luck to the Balsa Salsas engineering team, which is heading to Tennessee this week for the Destination Imagination world championships.

Young engineers Aditi Sanghavi, Shilpa Gopal, Riya Hegde, Aanya Patel and Justin Vaden, fourth- and sixth-graders from East Woods and Hudson Montessori, have already won STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) regional and state matches in the scholastic competition, which encourages creativity and innovation in young men and women. They'll be competing in Knoxville with many other talented teams from 15 countries from May 24 to 27.

It's certainly quite an accomplishment to get this far. What makes this trip even more special is that these impressive youngsters have worked together for several years already -- and this is their first trip to the world finals. This is sure to be an amazing, exciting and challenging experience which they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

As we reported in our May 17 edition, the Balsa Salsas team has set a goal for themselves to finish in the top half of the possible 75 to 80 teams they'll face. It's an ambitious goal and an admirable one. But no matter how the competition turns out, we hope they know that their schools -- and their fellow community members -- are behind them 100 percent.

Do your best and have a great time, Balsa Salsas team members!

Leadership Hudson: Kudos to the Leadership Hudson class of 2017. Their group project, a plan to organize a Hudson Restaurant Week to raise money for the Hudson Food Pantry, sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor. It's often difficult to get enough funding for the Pantry, which does a good job of helping people in their times of need, and this effort will likely be a wonderful way to assist the organization.

"Our number one goal was to ensure that we were making Hudson a better place to be," according to class member Tom Goad.

The Leadership Hudson groups always come up with something fitting that criteria, and this year's no exception. Congratulations to the class on a great year and a terrific project plan!

Off to Carnegie Hall: The Hudson Festival Choir and Orchestra will also make Hudson shine as they head to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. More than 60 performers from Hudson and nearby communities will become the first "performance ensemble made up of amateur singers and musicians from Hudson and the surrounding areas performing at one of the most iconic venues in the world," according to Conductor Thomas M. Scott.

Hudson is a community well known for its arts and New York can now enjoy a sampling of why.

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