Volunteers to be honored

South Routt to recognize residents at ceremony

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— People young and old who devote their time and energy to making the South Routt community a better place will be recognized Monday evening.

The Soroco High School gym will host an awards ceremony, where one girl or boy younger than 18 and one man or woman 18 or older will be named the Volunteer of the Year in South Routt.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and includes a lineup of speakers, presentations, desserts and refreshments.

More than 50 students at Soroco High School formed the Elevens Club last fall in response to students' concerns about the disparity between schools in the Soroco School District and the people who live in South Routt.

Members of the club commit to "on a scale of one to 10, being an 11."

The Elevens encourage people and families throughout South Routt to take part in the volunteer appreciation night.

The club began collecting nominations for deserving volunteers last month.

Students put together the criteria that appeared on application forms and dispersed them to the towns of Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa and Toponas.

Anyone could nominate a South Routt resident for the Volunteer of the Year distinction.

The response to the nomination drive surprised the Elevens, said Jeff Seale, the club adviser and physical education teacher at Soroco High School

"The kids were just bouncing off the walls," Seale said.

The Elevens received 44 nominations for the two categories.

The students narrowed the list to 10 people in each category and used a point-value system to eventually determine the two winners.

Those two winners, however, will not be the only volunteers acknowledged at the ceremony.

The students contacted all 44 nominees and invited them to the high school gym Monday night, where they will be collectively recognized before the crowd.

Biographies and pictures of each nominee will be posted on the walls for those who attend the event to peruse.

The Elevens hope the volunteer appreciation night becomes an annual event.

They plan to use the evening to bring together the South Routt community and the schools by dispersing themselves throughout the crowd.

As each family or individual arrives, one of the Elevens will take a seat with them.

The Elevens will provide dessert and refreshment to their guests.

Seale said the club hopes people take the opportunity to dress up for the evening.

While the students want to spread the word about the awards ceremony, they are careful to keep the names of the two winning volunteers under wraps, Seale said.

They're saving that for Monday night.

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