LEWISTON – The city of Lewiston has announced that plans are under way for the ninth annual Lewiston Shining Stars celebration of youth for ages 12 to 18.

The celebration is an initiative that highlights youths who reside in Lewiston 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 youths, 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 young person’s age, grade, educational affiliation, address and a contact telephone number, as well as a contact number for the person submitting the nomination.

The Shining Stars program is independent of the local school system and judges’ decisions will be based solely on what is included in each nomination. Nominations should be factual and within the scope of the program’s purpose, that of highlighting those who are outstanding examples of Lewiston youths.

Also, examples of their accomplishments and contributions should be more recent versus those in childhood.

Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr. said, “This program is a highly anticipated event each year as we reflect upon the wonderful aspects of Lewiston youth.”

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 youths will be chosen as the 2006 Lewiston Shining Stars, although all youths nominated will be recognized at a May 10 celebration at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The celebration will feature a commendation PowerPoint presentation, presentation of recognition gifts donated by sponsoring businesses and a grand prize computer system drawing. In addition, a photo display recognizing all youths nominated will be unveiled for 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, by no later than Monday, April 3.

Additional information on the program and previous celebrations can be found on the city’s Web site at www.ci.lewiston.me.us (under “City Information and Programs”).

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