Hope Star recognizes '20 under 50' who go above and beyond

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"People are the life, the driving force of every community," says Rick Kennedy, regional editor of The Hope (Ark.) Star.  The paper highlighted 20 individuals who are moving their community forward and making improvements in the lives of others in a special "20 under 50" section published Saturday, June 3.

Hope Star readers were asked to participate by nominating people under the age of 50 who are making big contributions in Hempstead County. 

In announcing the call for nominations, Tim Haycox, the Hope Star's regional ad manager, said: "We want to feature people from all walks of life – from a special student who is mindful of the environment to a nurse, teacher, police officer, bus driver, postman or waitress who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you know a young father who dedicates his time to coaching youth sports or a mother who works behind the scenes as a school volunteer."

He added, "There are so many wonderful, interesting people out there that we have never met. Please introduce them to us so we can consider them for this very special section; a section unlike anything we have ever done."

Kennedy said that recognizing people and their achievements encourages feelings of gratitude and appreciation for neighbors. He said one of the things he loves about journalism is being able to document things that make a community special, how a community works, and the beautiful people that make it all happen.

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