The city of Lewiston is announcing that plans are under way for the eighth annual Lewiston Shining Stars celebration of youth ages 12 to 18. The celebration is an initiative that highlights Lewiston youth who are positively impacting/contributing to the community, and residents are encouraged to take a moment to nominate such a young person.

Individuals may nominate one or more youth, and parents may nominate their own child.

A nomination consists of a one-page essay describing a Lewiston youth, along with a photo (4 x 6 preferred). The nomination should also note the age, grade, educational affiliation, address and a contact telephone number, as well as a contact number for the person submitting the nomination.

Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr. said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to be recognized for the hope they give us for our future. The amazing qualities and achievements that are highlighted are truly an inspiration.”

Reasons for submitting a nomination may include, but are not limited to, outstanding integrity and character; commitment to school and part-time job; commitment to family; academic achievements; religious service; athletic achievements; community service; courageous act; and theatrical/musical achievements.

Ten youth will be chosen as the 2005 Lewiston Shining Stars, although all youth nominated will be recognized at a May ceremony. The celebration will feature a commendation Powerpoint presentation, presentation of recognition, gifts donated by sponsoring businesses and a grand prize computer system drawing for the stars. In addition, a photo display recognizing all youth nominated will be unveiled for future viewing at Lewiston City Hall.

Nomination essays and photos should be forwarded to Community Relations Coordinator Dottie Perham-Whittier, City Administrator’s Office, Lewiston City Hall, 27 Pine St., Lewiston, ME 04240, no later than Friday, April 8.

More information about the program and previous celebrations can be found on the city’s Web site at

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