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Tribune seeks to honor county’s brightest youths with Twenty Under 20

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

The Tribune Chronicle, along with co-sponsor 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.

“Each year, we continue to be astounded at the quality of our nominees. The judges always have a difficult task choosing the winners because all these young people are winners,” Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle, said.

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, and one is selected the overall winner.

Last year’s winner was Kate Li, then a senior at Howland High School. She is founder and executive director of Empower Expression, a registered 501(c)(3) organization intended to make a positive impact on America’s youth by offering free mentoring in the arts.

The Tribune Chronicle will publish a magazine featuring the chosen individuals.

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

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 at sshafer@tribtoday.com or emailed to her, c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483.

Nominations are due by Oct. 1. Winners will be announced in the Tribune Chronicle in October.

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