The Clackamas Review/Oregon City News is proud to announce six winners in Pamplin Media Group's annual Amazing Kids contest.
Grace-Ann Pegnone has been chosen to represent Clackamas County, Annabella Gelmetti will represent Milwaukie, Abby Sanderson will represent Gladstone and Addelinn Welch will represent Oregon City. Hannah Erdmann and Madison Hauskins are the dual Amazing Kids for Happy Valley this year.
They will join more than two dozen other students at a special event May 8 — hosted by Pamplin Media Group and held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry — that honors young people from across northwest Oregon who have shown a deep commitment to community service.
In choosing each Amazing Kid honoree, the Pamplin Media Group selection committee placed a heavy emphasis on volunteerism that makes a difference in the lives of other people.
Honoring these community-minded Amazing Kids wouldn't be possible without the generous support of Gladstone Toyota, OSU Extension Service, Weston Kia, Milwaukie Academy of the Arts and Northwest Primary Care.
On May 10, they will be featured with full-length articles and color photos in a special section that will be included not only in the Clackamas Review/Oregon City News but in newspapers across the state, reaching more than 425,000 community-minded readers.
This year's Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Amazing Kid award winners include:
1. Grace-Ann Pegnone, a sophomore at Canby High School, who stands out for her service activities and her leadership in OSU Extension's 4-H programs. She has demonstrated kindness, good citizenship and hundreds of hours of volunteer work over the past several years.
2. Annabella Gelmetti, a junior who testified against razing the Milwaukie High School building to make room for a replacement and impressed everyone so much in her well-researched eloquence that she's now part of the MHS Design Team for the new high school. She restarted a previously defunct MHS Math Club, of which she currently is president, and participates in a grant program of the Oregon Community Foundation as a member of the Milwaukie National Honor Society.
3. Abby Sanderson, who attends Gladstone's Kraxberger Middle School. Spending her 12th birthday at Clackamas Service Center is just one amazing example of her extensive service work. She works through her youth group, volunteers to clean her school cafeteria daily, and helps package food for hungry children, through the Backpack Buddies program at her family's church.
4. Addelinn Welch, a fifth-grader at John McLoughlin Elementary School in Oregon City, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes this past October after a blood-sugar spike sent her to the emergency room. Readers of this newspaper have been struck by her bravery in publicly writing about her condition and sharing some of the techniques she uses to combat the disease, with other children and adults.
5/6: Madison Hauskins and Hannah Erdmann, spent the summer in 2015 determined to tackle a dilemma the two friends had heard about at their Happy Valley school — how to help those families and students who couldn't afford school supplies for the upcoming school year. They have remained dedicated community volunteers in various capacities since they spent the summer together making friendship bracelets, selling them door-to-door, and donating $236 in proceeds to Spring Mountain Elementary School families.
Please join us in congratulating this year's Amazing Kid award winners.