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C’YA 2017 nominees are in

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The 2017 nominees are in for the Community Asset Awards, which will take place January 13.
Thirty-eight nominees that live or work in our community have been nominated for accolades from 2017. One will win the biggest honor of the night, the prestigious Spirit of the West Award, named in honor of former County Councilor Jim West.
“We’re excited once again to acknowledge the efforts of those that make our community better in many ways every day,” said Bernadette Lauritzen, executive director of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). The local non-profit welcomes nominations throughout the entire year with a special focus to get submissions between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.
The celebration has found a home in the Betty Ehart Senior Center for several years. That night nominees and a guest are invited for a variety of desserts to herald their accomplishments. A very limited number of tickets are sold to community members that would like to attend the occasion.
Another annual celebration is that the nominees are unaware of who nominated them for the award and why until the actual celebration is held. Nominees are never made to speak to the large crowd gathered, but are made to stand with other nominees while their accolades are shared with the crowd.
The final recipient is selected from all of the nominees to receive the Spirit of the West Award. The Spirit of the West was named for West. The idea was sparked after a conversation between West and Lauritzen.
The first Spirit of the West recipient was Peter Song from 2008, celebrated in 2009. Song, a high school student was selected for helping students accomplish their educational goals.
To learn more about Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), contact them at 695-9139 or visit their website at cya-nm.org.