Program Overview

Timeline

Nomination Period:

December 4, 2017 - January 2, 2018

Mailing of Nomination Notification:

January 8, 2018

Biography Submission Period:

January 8, 2018 - January 29, 2018

Mailing of Elite Top 100 Notifications:

February 14, 2018

Elite Top 100 Photo Submissions Due by:

March 5, 2018

RSVP's Due By:

March 12, 2018

Scholarship Applications Due by:

March 12, 2018

Special Section Publication Date:

April 18, 2018

Awards Banquet:

April 18, 2018

Nomination Period

The nomination period runs December 4th, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018.  Students in grades 11th or 12th who meet the criteria of exemplary character and leadership, community service, and academic achievements can be nominated by family, friends, school officials, teacher, and members of the community.  The nomination form can be located on the forms page.  All nominations must be received by 5PM on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.  Students will be notified by mail of their nomination.

Biography Submission

On Monday, January 8th, 2018, students will be notified of their nomination.  Students must complete the biography form in order to be considered for the award.  Nominated students will have three weeks to complete the biography form, which can be located on the forms page beginning on January 8th and ending on January 29th.  Biography forms are to be completed by the students, please no parents.  Biography forms will not be accepted after 5PM on Monday, January 29th, 2018.

Judging

An independent panel of judges will review all eligible biography forms to select the Elite Top 100.  An additional panel of judges will select the Top 10 Gold Medalists, which are selected from the Elite Top 100.

Elite Top 100

Students selected into the Elite Top 100 will be notified by mail on Monday, February 14th, 2018.  At that time, students will receive information on the banquet, including invitation, asked to send in a school photo for the special section, and additional important details about the scholarship opportunity for seniors.

Scholarship

In an effort to honor and reward these amazing Outstanding Young Citizens on an even greater level, we are awarding two scholarships.  Seniors within the Elite Top 100 will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 scholarship.  A qualified senior girl and senior boy will be selected as our scholarship winners.  Only seniors planning on attending a college, university or other continuing education program will be eligible for the scholarship.

Special Section

A special section will be published on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 in the Westmoreland and Valley News Dispatch editions of the Tribune-Review.  The special section will feature the Elite Top 100, as well as a list names of all students who were nominated.

Banquet

The awards banquet will be held Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.  Attendance at the banquet is by invitation only. Details of the banquet will be mailed out to the Elite Top 100 as well as their nominators.