Nominees sought for Twenty Under 20 program

For the nomination form, click here.

WARREN — The Tribune Chronicle once again will honor the youngest and most impressive leaders in Trumbull County with the seventh annual Twenty Under 20 program.

The Tribune Chronicle, along with co-sponsors Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull, will recognize 20 high-achieving individuals younger than 20 years old for their leadership skills through volunteerism, extracurricular activities and academic achievements.

“We are not necessarily looking for students who are valedictorians or at the top of their class. While academics are important, we want well-rounded students who are active in their community and give of themselves,” said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle. “The award is about showing leadership through community service.”

Anyone — mothers, fathers, grandparents, teachers, guidance and youth counselors, church and service organization leaders — can nominate a young person who they think stands out among the crowd.

Nominees need to be a resident of Trumbull County, at least a freshman in high school and no older than 19.

Winners will be selected based on leadership, which accounts for 50 percent, and academic and extracurricular activities, which account for 25 percent each. The top five students are recognized. One is selected the overall winner.

KSU at Trumbull will give each of the 20 students selected a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition if they attend KSU at Trumbull as a full-time student.

Last year’s winner was Gannon Fridley, then a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, who volunteered at Earth Angel Farms, a nonprofit organization created by Dr. Holly Maggiano that teaches individuals with physical and developmental disabilities agricultural learning and healthy living.

The Tribune Chronicle will publish a magazine featuring the chosen individuals, and recipients of the award will be invited to a banquet Dec. 3.

Nomination forms can be acquired at local high school guidance offices or by contacting Shafer at sshafer@tribtoday.com or 330-841-1696. They also are available online at www.tribtoday.com.

Along with the form, applicants are permitted to attach up to five supporting documents, such as high school transcripts. A narrative about how they have shown leadership through community service, academic achievement and extracurricular activities should be included.

The forms can be turned in to Shafer through email or be hand-delivered or mailed to Sue Shafer, c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483.

Nominations are due by Sept. 20. Winners will be announced in the Tribune Chronicle in October.

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