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Fifth annual contest recognizes youth making a difference in the Portland area

Do you know an amazing kid who puts the needs of others before themselves? Or has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community?GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Newberg High School graduate Antonio Pena Anaya was chosen as the Newberg Graphic's Amazing Kid in 2017.

If so, they would be a great candidate to be honored as a 2018 Pamplin Media Group Amazing Kid.

The deadline for submission is midnight 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 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 communities.

It has featured a high school student 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.

Newspaper staff from each Pamplin Media Group newspaper, including the Newberg Graphic, 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, 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).

To make a nomination, email The Newberg Graphic Managing Editor Gary Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-538-2181.

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