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Fifth annual contest recognizes youth making 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.

Do you know any amazing kids in south Columbia County who put the needs of others before themselves? Or has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community?

If so, they are the type of candidate we're hoping to honor 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 over 400,000 readers throughout Oregon.

All the selected Amazing Kids are honored at a gala event in April 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. It has featured a high schooler rising above homelessness, a young duck breeder looking to feed the hungry, and a hip-hop artist using music to build community, among many others.

Staff from each Pamplin Media Group newspaper will select an Amazing Kid from their respective coverage 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 — https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Amazing18 — to nominate the special young person in your life.

You can see last year's Amazing Kids video online at http://amazingkids.adspmg.com. You can see a story on last year's gala at http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/358108-237658-amazing-kids-honored-for-making-communities-better.

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