By Jasmine Franklin
Now is the time to recognize those youths who go above and beyond just because they want to, and give as much as they can from their hearts because it feels right.
Now is the time to recognize the Leaders of Tomorrow.
“The kids nominated are the nice ones who are always there and willing to help,” said committee chair Heather Blackmore. “We want to get out there that Ponoka has a wonderful group of kids.”
The 2010 Leaders of Tomorrow awards will be presented April 18 at the Ponoka Composite High School gymnasium from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Deadline to nominate superstar youths is March 24.
The Leaders of Tomorrow program recognizes youth who have made outstanding contributions through leadership to their community.
“It’s good for them to be recognized and for us to say, ‘Hey you’re wonderful and we want the world to know,’” Blackmore said.
Nominees can be to any student from kindergarten to Grade 12. Every nominee will receive a certificate of appreciation but two will be selected to win a plaque. One winner will be from junior high and one from senior high.
To nominate an individual, two letters of reference must be submitted including name, address and a phone number, a picture of the nominee and a complete profile, and an introduction of maximum two pages double-spaced must be submitted.
The final decision is up to a panel of judges.
“Judges are anonymous and from out of town,” Blackmore said. “They go through all the letters of recommendation and base their decisions off those.”
At the ceremony, entertainer and gymnast Flying Bob will help to celebrate the event, in addition to presence of Mayor Larry Henkleman. Blackmore said EnCana has been a big sponsor to the event, along with other local businesses.
Students nominated will be notified.