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Every day on the news, we hear stories about teenagers getting into trouble, or causing problems in school. Rarely are the students who do exceptionally well academically or who make huge contributions to worthy causes or help improve their communities recognized.

That’s why LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge created the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Now in its 22nd year, the awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, served their community, and/or shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives.

Nominations are now being taken for the 2017 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or home-schooled, and cannot be older than 19 years of age. Some of our former Young Heroes have overcome physical handicaps, endured emotional hardships, worked tirelessly for charity, cared for family members, assisted hurricane victims, and even saved lives.

Nomination forms can be downloaded and filled out or submitted through the online form. Follow Louisiana Young Heroes on Facebook - www.lpb.org/heroesfb

Letters of recognition, newspaper articles, copies of awards, and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. Remember – the panel of judges get to know the student solely through the material submitted with the application. Students who have been nominated in past years who meet the criteria may be re-nominated for this year’s awards.

Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is February 10, 2017.

Winners will be announced on the air and on the LPB website on February 17, 2017. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be Monday, April 3, 2017. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including breakfast at LPB’s studios, lunch at the Governor’s Mansion, and a number of surprises. The day will culminate with a banquet that night in Baton Rouge. The awards are co-presented by the Baton Rouge Rotary Club
For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276 or (225) 767-4276 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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