Do you know a young person in eastern Yamhill County who goes above and beyond? A student who puts the needs of others before themselves, or someone who has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community? Nominate them for our annual Amazing Kids award!
Each year, the Newberg Graphic chooses one lucky kid from our area and features them in a special magazine all about the work being done by Portland-area youth to make the world a better place. The magazine will be inserted here and distributed in 20 other Pamplin Media Group newspapers in May, reaching more than 425,000 readers.
The deadline for nominations is March 9. All the youths will be honored at a gala event in May hosted by Pamplin Media Group and featuring a celebrity keynote speaker.
Now in its seventh year, Amazing kids highlights the work young people are doing to make a difference in our communities. In year's past the tabloid featured a 16-year-old inventor in West Linn who designed a device to help infants sleep safer, a fifth-grade student from central Oregon who collected 7,000 articles of clothing for the needy, a Portland high school student working to ease tensions between police and African-American youths and a teen from Gladstone who helped expand athletic opportunities for students of all abilities.
The Newberg Graphic's 2019 Amazing Kid was Paige Macken, then a Chehalem Valley Middle School student who volunteered as a mentor at the nearby elementary school.
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. To be considered, the youth must be a senior in high school or younger.
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 and they must live in the Newberg, Dundee, St. Paul or eastern Yamhill County areas.
To submit a nomination for this year's contest, visit the SecondStreet website at https://pamplinportland.secondstreetapp.com/Amazing-Kids-2020-2/.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.