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Nominations sought for student award

| Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is launching a search for outstanding young citizens from the North Hills for 2003.

The 11th annual North Hills Outstanding Young Citizens recognition banquet and ceremony will be April 29 at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Pittsburgh North in Marshall. The event will honor youths between 13 and 19 years old who make significant contributions to their communities.

School counselors, teachers, parents and other local residents can nominate students who excel in academics, community service and extracurricular activities.

Nomination forms are being sent to high schools and middle schools. Forms also are available by calling Lindsay Berdell, Outstanding Young Citizens coordinator for the Trib, at (412) 320-7941.

In its 10 previous years, the North Hills program has honored thousands of youngsters. Last year, almost 400 students from 26 schools were nominated. About 750 people attended the banquet.

The Outstanding Young Citizen program was begun by the North Hills News Record, and the Trib continued the event after acquiring that paper in 1997. The Trib also used the North Hills program as the pattern for two similar events it began in 2001 — one honoring youths from the eastern suburbs and one honoring youths from the south and west suburbs.

"The students' accomplishments are simply amazing," Berdell said. "Last year's North Hills nominees included published authors, class presidents, valedictorians, star athletes, volunteers, musicians and tutors. We want to shine the spotlight on all the good things young people do."

Nominations must be submitted on an Outstanding Young Citizens form, and nominees then will be asked to complete a biography form to be sent to Berdell. The students will be featured in a special section published in the Trib two days before the awards banquet.

A panel of outside judges will choose 15 of the nominees to receive gold medals. However, each nominee will receive a certificate of achievement and be recognized at the ceremony.

"We're prepared to recognize even more students than last year," Berdell said. "This program keeps growing because so many kids are doing so many good things."

There is no fee for nominations. All forms must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 21.

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