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Fifth annual contest recognizes youth making a difference in Clackamas County and around the metro area

Do you know an amazing kid who puts the needs of others before themselves? Or has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community?

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JAIME VALDEZ - Thirty kids aged 8 to 18 were honored at the fourth annual Amazing Kids event at OMSI on Monday. If so, they would be a great candidate to be honored as a 2018 Pamplin Media Group Amazing Kid.

The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Each Amazing Kid's story is shared in a special section distributed through the Pamplin Media Group's 20 newspapers and read by more than 400,000 readers throughout Oregon.

All the Amazing Kids are honored at a gala event in May hosted by the Pamplin Media Group and featuring a celebrity keynote speaker.

Now in its fifth year, Amazing Kids highlights the work young people are doing to make a difference in our communities.

Last year Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Amazing Kid award winners included:

1. Grace-Ann Pegnone, last year's countywide Amazing Kid, stood out for her service activities and her leadership in OSU Extension's 4-H programs.

2. Annabella Gelmetti testified against razing the Milwaukie High School building to make room for a replacement.

3. Gladstone's Abby Sanderson spent her 12th birthday at Clackamas Service Center as just one amazing example of her extensive service work.

4. Addelinn Welch, now a graduate of John McLoughlin Elementary School in Oregon City, bravely shared details about her fight against Type 1 diabetes.

5/6. Madison Hauskins and Hannah Erdmann spent the summer in 2015 determined to help Happy Valley families and students who couldn't afford school supplies for the upcoming school year.

Clackamas Review/Oregon City News staff again will select Amazing Kids from this area. In choosing each Amazing Kid honoree, the Pamplin Media Group newspapers place a heavy emphasis on volunteerism that makes a difference in the lives of other people.

If you know of an exceptional young person, please submit a brief description of why your nominee deserves to be recognized, along with location and contact information for both the nominator and the nominee.

Nominees can be a high school senior or younger and there is no school affiliation requirement (homeschool, charter school, etc., is OK).

Visit our website to nominate the special young person in your life.

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