If you know an amazing kid, this is your chance to give him or her a shout-out in the local newspaper.
The Pamplin Media Group is once again sponsoring the annual Amazing Kids award, presented to a young people who have made a difference in their communities. The award places an emphasis on youths who excel in the areas of volunteerism and community service.
With this award, 24 young people are chosen to represent the communities served by the Pamplin Media Group newspapers.
Last year's local selections were Isaiah Sims, the Reynolds High School student body president, who is a singer, actor an composer and who was heavily involved with his church's youth leadership team. In Damascus, the award recipient was Moses Wakefield, who actively volunteers with multiple groups — from Key Club to student council to faith-based organizations.
In past years, Amazing Kids have served as peer mentors, Cub Scout flag bearers and at local food pantries. Their school counselors, teachers and friends have lauded them as genuinely caring for others' welfare.
When nominating an Amazing Kid, please provide as many specifics as you can: First and last name, year in school, name of school, detailed list of accomplishments and community involvements, and really anything that you think does a good job of illustrating what makes this person "amazing." The selection committee places heavy importance on volunteerism that makes a difference in the lives of other people.
The selected Amazing Kid will be honored along with outstanding youths from throughout the metro area and Central Oregon at a gala event May 7 at OMSI in Portland, hosted by The Outlook's parent company, Pamplin Media Group. Honorees will also be featured in a special news magazine published in early May.
To be considered, nominees must live in the communities of Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Corbett, Boring or Damascus. The nominee must be enrolled in a public or private elementary, middle or high school, including charter and homeschools.