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Updated: 03/06/2018 09:20:32AM

Nominations accepted for new awards

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We all know someone who does great things in our community. The question is, how do we as citizens recognize these people, whether the heroic actions are in your child’s school, or benefits our county as a whole? All of us know someone like that, but what we don’t know is how to get them recognized.

Enter the Highlands News-Sun’s new program, The Highlander Awards, which gives you the opportunity to recognize publicly those people who deserve credit for what they do.

Understanding the value of community service, we have decided to create The Highlander Award and we will present these awards in public to those 14 heroes who have had a huge impact in the communities they live or work in, or the entire county.

We will recognize these individuals for what they have done to help make this a better place for all of us.

“While winning awards for a business is important, it’s the people who have put this county together. The work they do to make this a great county to live in is just as powerful as any business or money put forth,” said Tim Smolarick, Highlands News-Sun publisher.

Our businesses are recognized annually, which will be changed to the Best of Highlands County this year.

We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Florida Hospital Heartland Division, which has taken the first step in this leadership program by sponsoring this event, as well as three of the categories, to bring The Highlander Awards to life in our community.

How will these 14 people be chosen? That’s where you, our readers, come in to play.

In today’s edition, on page A3, and in the coming weeks, we will be publish a nomination form in our newspaper, or you can submit nominations by email. We want you to take a few minutes to think about the categories we will be honoring and choose the people you think has made the biggest impact in our community and tell us why.

The categories include Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Teen of the Year, Physician of the Year, Surgeon of the Year, Nurse of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Financial Representative of the Year, Real Estate Agent of the Year, Educator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Agricultural Person of the Year, and Philanthropist of the Year.

Please feel free to suggest other categories that we may have missed.

Remember, we don’t want just a name. Tell us in detail why they deserve to receive the recognition.

Please use a separate nomination form or blank sheet of paper to nominate more than one person, or to nominate in more than one categories.

Three finalists will be chosen by a selection committee, not by the number of nominations. That’s why the written explanation of why you think your nominee should be selected is so important. Don’t be shy about making your nomination.

A winner will be selected from those three finalists in each category. Finalists and winners will be recognized at a dinner in their honor.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. March 26. Nominations can also be accepted by email to nominations@highlandsnewssun.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number in case more information is necessary.

This award is open to all Highlands County residents. Nominations are not limited to county residents alone. There are no requirements or qualifications to be met in making your nomination.

The dinner and awards presentation tickets will go on sale to the public as more information on the banquet is released.

“Something like this program has been needed in Highlands County for a long time. We are proud to partner with Florida Hospital in this endeavor and look forward to celebrating our heroes together,” said Romona Washington, executive editor of the Highlands News-Sun.


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