Newspaper soliciting applications and nominations for annual program highlighting area's top youths

The Newberg Graphic is seeking nominations for its 2017 Amazing Kids Award.

The annual award is presented to a young person in our community who has worked to make a difference in their community, with an emphasis on youth who excel in the areas of volunteerism and community service.Feb. 15 editorial

Deadline for submission is March 5. To nominate an outstanding young person please provide the names of the nominee, the parents, along with phone number and/or email address. Also, in 500 words or less, tell us about the nominee, what makes them a worthy candidate and how your nominee has made a difference in the community.

The Newberg area's Amazing Kid will be honored along outstanding youth from throughout the Portland and Central Oregon area, at a gala event May 8 at OMSI in Portland, hosted by our parent company, Pamplin Media Group. Honorees will also be featured in a special news magazine published in early May. You can view last year's section by visiting and click on the special sections tab in the upper right corner.

To be considered, nominees must be live in the communities of Newberg, Dundee, St. Paul or eastern Yamhill County. Candidates must be enrolled in a public or private elementary, middle or high school, including charter and homeschools.

Now in its fourth edition, Amazing Kids has been highlighting the work young people are doing to make a difference in their community. The annual tribute has featured high schoolers rising above homelessness, a young duck breeder looking to feed the hungry and a hip-hop artist using music to build community, among many other amazing youths.

Last year's winner was then eighth-grade Mountain View Middle School student Maddy Korkeakoski, who was not only an outstanding student but was also involved in softball and soccer and served as an inspiration for her peers by helping out in the classroom and maintaining a positive attitude regardless of the situation.

For more information about nominating an Amazing Kid, contact Publisher Al Herriges at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Gary Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call either of them at 503-538-2181.

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