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Local youth to be honored

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By The Staff

Submitted to the Optic

 ALBUQUERQUE—Estevan B. Flores II, of Las Vegas, has been nominated for the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award for his community service work. Estevan, age 19, got a taste for politics when he was elected New Mexico Boys State Governor in 2007.

He also served as class president for his senior year of high school and worked with the City of Las Vegas Youth Commission, as well as done community service work for the San Miguel County Detention Center and keep America Beautiful. His goal — to become president of the United States.

The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards celebrates New Mexico youths, ages 13 through 26, for their vision, initiative, and dedication to community service. Nominees are evaluated on their vision, initiative and dedication in service to others.

In all, 27 youths were nominated from across New Mexico. One nominee from each age group (13-18 and 19-26) is designated a winner and another is designated honoree. Each of these four young people receives a $1,000 scholarship. All nominees receive a certificate and are honored at the event.

The 2008 Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards ceremony, sponsored by New Mexico Voices for Children, is Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque.

Emmy-nominated television and radio journalist Amy Costello will give the keynote address.

Costello spent five years traveling Africa, producing in-depth, documentary-style radio stories, reporting extensively on child issues in Africa.

The evening will include refreshments and live entertainment. Tickets are $30 through Ticketmaster. Call 505-244-9505 or visit www.ticketmaster.com