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The 23rd annual Yakima Youth Awards ceremony was held at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash. Monday, April 18, 2016. Hundreds attended the event to recognize area youth for their efforts in the arts, business and enterprise, civic and community, family life, leadership and other areas of achievement. (SHAWN GUST/Yakima Herald-Republic)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima County celebrates its outstanding youths Monday evening in a ceremony filled with examples of students making a difference in their communities every day.

The 24th Yakima Youth Awards begin at 6:30 p.m. at Yakima’s Eisenhower High School, 611 S. 44th Ave., honor youths ages 5 to 19.

This year, more than 300 youths were nominated, said event co-chair Patti Nagle.

Every nominee will be honored on stage as a volunteer reads an excerpt from the nomination letter. Each nominee also receives a certificate. Winners receive a plaque.

Nominees have made a contribution to their family, their school, their church or to members of their Yakima County community in 2016.

Youth were nominated in the following categories:

• Arts: Outstanding involvement in performing, visual or literary arts.

• Business/Enterprise: Developing career and/or business skills.

• Civic/Community Service: Giving of one’s time or talent to improve the community.

• Family Life: Bettering one’s family situation.

• Leadership: Guiding others to a positive goal through education or example.

• Personal Achievement: Getting through or beyond personal obstacles with courage, initiative and determination.

• Small Group: Up to nine members, which can be an informal or formal group.

• Large Group: More than nine members.