Nominate Hillsboro's next Amazing Kid
Know a stand-out Hillsboro-area kid who deserves recognition? The Tribune is now accepting nominations for boys and girls — from elementary school students to high school seniors — to represent Hillsboro as our community's Amazing Kid.
Hillsboro's honoree will be recognized alongside other Amazing Kids from communities across Northwest Oregon at a gala event in May hosted by Pamplin Media Group. In addition, Our local Amazing Kid will be the focus of a feature story that will be published in a special magazine inserted in the Tribune and distributed in 20 Pamplin Media Group newspapers in May, reaching 425,000 community-minded readers.
Now in its fifth year, the Tribune's annual Amazing Kids award highlights the work young people are doing to make a difference in our communities. Our first year, we profiled Jacob Schroeder, a Liberty High School freshman and aspiring journalist who interviewed President Barack Obama through Scholastic News.
The award has featured three-sport athletes, and active volunteers. Two years ago, our Amazing Kid award went to Deepak Vijay, a 16-year-old Glencoe High School student who works as a tutor for elementary school students and volunteers his time with the city's Youth Advisory Council, HomePlate Youth Services for homeless kids, and the city's oversight committee planning the city's future.
In 2017, the Tribune awarded a Lincoln Street Elementary School student who has dedicated his free time to collecting supplies for the needy. Several times each year, 11-year-old Marko Zirdum takes blankets, hats, hygeine products and other necessities to Portland, where he distributes them to the local homeless community.
"I really enjoy it," he told us last year, as we prepared a supply of toothpaste for a run later that week, "You're giving back to the people, and that's cool."
This year, the Tribune staff will once again select our Amazing Kid based on the nominee's demonstrated efforts toward improving his or her community. While the nominee may be skilled in academic studies, sports, dance, music or other disciplines, community service will be one of the primary criteria we'll consider.
Nominees can be enrolled as a student at a private, public or charter school, or be home-schooled, but they must be 18 or younger by the Feb. 28 application deadline and they must live in the Hillsboro, North Plains or Cornelius area.
To submit a nomination for this year's contest, tell us the name of the nominee, along with his or her address and a contact phone number or email address for the nominee or his or her parent or guardian. Also include your name and contact information, and let us know your relationship to the nominee. Then, in 150 words or less, tell us about the nominee's achievements and why he or she should be selected.
Submissions must be in our hands by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.