BY TERRY BARTLEY, PRESIDENT, WEST VIRGINIA JAYCEES
The West Virginia Jaycees announced that three West Virginians have been named recipients of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Americans, one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970), Michele Tafoya (2001), and Ruth Riley (2014).
They will be honored at the 80th annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Denver, Colorado.
Each year, JCI USA recognizes the accomplishments of ten individuals who are truly outstanding in the areas of business or entrepreneurial accomplishment, political achievement, humanitarian and voluntary leadership, and more. Through an intense judging process, these ten individuals were selected from a field of nearly 50 nominations.
“These ten individuals represent the best and the brightest of young people in America and we should strive to emulate them in our everyday actions. Each Honoree has shown a commitment to that hope, reminding all Americans that no problem is too difficult when handled with grace, ingenuity, courage and determination,” said Noelle Nachreiner, 2018 National President for JCI USA.
The three West Virginians honored are:
- Caitlin Ahrens, 26, PhD Graduate Student in Space & Planetary Science, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Fairmont, WV
- Jeremy Harrison, 39, Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer, Helping Heroes: A Center for Veteran Resources, Glen Dale, WV
- Alyson Hehr, 23, President/Founding Member, Alyson’s Angels, Wheeling, WV