Do you know Lake Oswego's next Amazing Kid?
Know a stand-out Lake Oswego kid who deserves recognition? The Review is now accepting nominations for boys and girls — from elementary school students to high school seniors — to represent Lake Oswego as our community's Amazing Kid.
Lake Oswego'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, Lake Oswego's Amazing Kid will be the focus of a feature story that will be published in a special section distributed in 20 Pamplin Media Group newspapers (including The Review) in May, reaching 425,000 community-minded readers.
Now in its fifth edition, 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.
In 2017, The Review chose Lake Oswego High School senior Jenny Kwon, the founder of Tough Cookies, a charitable business that donates 60 percent of its cookie sales to nonprofits. Kwon also volunteered to coach special-needs students on the swim and cross-country teams at LOHS, was co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Lake Views, Associated Student Body's clubs and committees director and president of her school's chapter of the National Honor Society — all while maintaining a 4.34 GPA and staying active in community and school groups.
This year, The Review 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.
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(s) or guardian(s). 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.
— The Review