Photo Credit: METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS - The Woodburn Independent is seeking amazing kids to represent the Woodburn area. Nominations are through the end of the month.The Woodburn Independent is calling for community nominations of boys and girls ranging in age from that of an elementary school student to a high school senior to be considered for the honor of representing the Woodburn area as an Amazing Kid in his or her community.

The selected Amazing Kid will be recognized alongside other Amazing Kids from communities across northwest Oregon at a luncheon at Adventist Medical Center in Portland on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Speaking at the event will be Dr. Robert Pamplin Jr., owner of the Pamplin Media Group, and former Olympic figure skater and winner of four gold medals, Scott Hamilton. This special event is being produced with the help of Adventist Medical Center, in conjunction with its annual Heroes of the Heart awards.

Woodburn Independent staff will select the Amazing Kid based on the nominee’s demonstrated efforts toward improving his or her community. While the nominee may be accomplished in academic studies, sports, dance, music and other disciplines, community service will be one of the primary criteria we will consider in choosing the Amazing Kid to represent the Woodburn area.

How to submit a nomination: Please specify the name of the nominee, his or her city or area of residence, and provide a narrative of no more than 500 words explaining the nominee’s achievements as an Amazing Kid and why he or she should be selected to represent the Woodburn area. Additionally, please provide a photograph of the nominee and a telephone number where we could contact the nominee or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s). Nominations should be sent to Editor Lindsay Keefer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through mail, 650 N. First St., Woodburn, OR 97071.

Woodburn Independent staff will choose select nominees to be featured in articles that will be published in October. The nominee ultimately chosen to be the Amazing Kid representing the Woodburn area will additionally be the focus of a feature story that will be published in a special section distributed in 20 Pamplin Media Group newspapers throughout northwest Oregon, reaching 425,000 community-minded readers.

You can find a nomination form here.

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