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.