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OMEGA Award Becomes Optimist Award


By the McPherson Chamber of Commerce


McPHERSON, Kan. — What began in 2005 by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce as the OMEGA (Outstanding McPherson area Eighth Grade Award) to recognize 8th grade students for making a difference in our community through their compassionate gestures, positive attitudes, considerate actions, and courage to overcome life’s challenges, will now be organized by the McPherson Optimist Club. The recognition will be called the Optimist Award and aligns perfectly with their mission: “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.”

“For 18 years, the McPherson Chamber has been honored to recognize the incredible youth in our community with the OMEGA Award,” said Debbie Hawkinson, Chamber executive director.

“The nominations opened our eyes to the amazing youth who are impacting our community and brightening our world! It also provided public recognition to make sure the students know their positive actions and attitudes are valued,” she added.

The McPherson Chamber is excited about this transition and believes it will be a perfect pairing with the McPherson Optimist Club and the vast youth programs they organize.

Please take the opportunity to nominate an eighth grader in McPherson County for the Optimist Award. Click here for a form and return it by April 10th to Optimist member Jody Unruh, 200 S. Main, McPherson or by email.