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Lions club set to award first of new scholarship

The Port Orchard Lions Club is still collecting names of teenagers that could be eligible to earn its newly created “youth award,” member John Campanelli said this month.

“We have created an application that we’re distributing to local schools so teacher and administrators can nominate kids they know of,” Campanelli said, explaining that he was getting ready to meet with David LaRose, the South Kitsap School District’s assistant superintendent for the office of school support, and discuss distributing the ap-plications.

Campanelli said the scholarship his club decided to create earlier this year is meant to honor kids who might not be in the running for a sports or academic honor, but who are still worthy of recog-nition.

“We know they are out there,” he said, explaining that his club is looking to reward teens who are being good citizens, either in their homes or in the surrounding community. “Teenagers have gotten kind of a bad name here in our community, but I see them volunteering at places like South Kitsap Helpline, or the Kitsap County Fair.”

Campanelli called the recog-nition a “citizenship award,” and said anyone can be considered, not just those who are officially volunteering.

“It could be a kid who is being raised by a single mom, and he or she is taking care of their brothers and sisters, or making dinner,” he said, explaining that while some kids may be out skateboarding after school, others kids are home helping out.

And since a lot of the kids he is thinking of may be doing the majority of their good deeds at home, Campanelli said his club needs the help of the public to find them.

“We are asking for nomina-tions,” he said, adding that any South Kitsap child between the ages of 13 and 18 is eligible. “We will read every letter very carefully.”

The deadline for the first award is Oct 20, and a dinner is tentatively planned for mid-November, he said.

The next award will be given in May, with a deadline in March.

Campanelli said the winners will be provided something they need, such as “if they need a computer, we will buy them one.”

Also, everyone who is nominated will get something, he said.

Campanelli said the applications are designed to give the club a way to contact the teen and the nominating person, but that a letter explaining why the youth is being nominated should still be submitted.

For more information, call 679-2678, or email: jandscamp@hotmail.com.

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