LEWISTON – The city of Lewiston is announcing that applications are being accepted for the 10th annual Lewiston Shining Stars celebration of youth for ages 12 to 18.

The celebration is an initiative that highlights youth 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 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 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, therefore, should be factual and within the scope of the program’s purpose, that of highlighting those who are outstanding examples of Lewiston youth. Also, accomplishments/contributions that are included in each nomination should be more recent versus those in childhood.

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 2007 Lewiston Shining Stars, although all youth nominated will be recognized at a May 16 celebration at the Lewiston Middle School auditorium.

The celebration will feature a commendation PowerPoint presentation, presentation of recognition gifts donated by sponsoring businesses and a grand prize computer system drawing, which is provided again this year by Sisters of Charity Health System. 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, or via e-mail at [email protected] by no later than Friday, April 6. Additional information as to the program and previous celebrations can be found at http://ci.lewiston.me.us/administration/shiningstars.htm.

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