Editorial: ‘fifteen under 40’ nominees showcase best of the county

By Justin Smith justinsmith@nrcolumbus.com

Revised on: 05.16.2019 at 07:14 a.m.

Posted on: 05.14.2019 at 10:41 a.m. |


Nominations for the fourth class of The News Reporter’s “fifteen under 40” is underway.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for the public to recognize and thank young professionals who go the extra mile to make a difference, despite many of them having the responsibility of raising a family.

Most don’t care about recognition; rather, they obtain satisfaction from helping others quietly and without fanfare.

One goal of “fifteen under 40” is to honor the county’s unsung heroes, but another objective is to inspire others to take leadership roles in making the county a better place to live.

It’s also a springboard for the honorees. Because of the recognition, honorees have been asked to serve on local boards or join civic organizations. The award reflects well on the companies for which many honorees work because corporate support is often critical to encouraging employees to be involved.

The previous 45 winners are all “brand ambassadors” of Columbus County, showing the world that rural communities are full of caring young professionals who have forgone the flight to urban areas.

We encourage people to carefully consider worthy nominees for the Class of 2019. A committee that’s unaffiliated with The News Reporter chooses the winners. Every year, a number of worthy nominees doesn’t make the final list, and people who have been nominated before but didn’t get recognized are welcome to have their names resubmitted.

Click here for the nomination form.  Nominations are accepted through May 21.Candidates must be under the age of 40 by Dec. 31, 2019. 

The good news is that there’s never a shortage of outstanding candidates. It takes only a few minutes to nominate a young mover and shaker who deserves thanks for a job well done.

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