This is the fifth year that the News-Times and Pamplin Media Group have run the annual contest.

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

If so, they would be a great candidate to be honored as the News-Times' 2018 Pamplin Media Group Amazing Kid.

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 will 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.

Amazing Kids 2017 from Pamplin Media Group on Vimeo.

In last year's Amazing Kids publication, the News-Times recognized an outstanding young man from Cornelius, Jacob Heldt. In spite of his own lifelong health problems, complications from a rare genetic disorder called familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency, Heldt and his older sister run a coloring book drive for patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, giving sick kids a way to express themselves through art. He sees it as his way of giving back.

This year, News-Times staff will once again select an 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 the News-Times will 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 Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks, North Plains, Gaston, Vernonia or surrounding rural areas.

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.

Visit our website to nominate the special young person in your life, or send information directly to Editor Mark Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 2038 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Submissions must reach the News-Times by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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