Celebrating Young Heroes!

Wally Amos, Creator of Famous Amos Cookies, Headlined 2006 Young Heroes Banquet

Eight Area Students Honored for Overcoming Barriers, Achieving Success

Wally Amos, creator of Famous Amos Gourmet Cookies, was the keynote speaker for the 2006 Young Heroes Award Banquet held Wednesday, May 10, at the Hotel Roanoke. The Roanoke, Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore was pleased to be a sponsor.

The banquet honors area students in grades six through twelve who have overcome adversity, excelled in public service, or inspired others through their leadership, unselfish action, and strength of character. The 2006 winners are Kelly Berry, Buchanan, VA, Anja Bjelakovic, Roanoke, VA; Catherine “Catey” Doss, Madison Heights, VA, Michael Giordano, Lynchburg, VA; Christopher Wayne Henley, Pulaski, VA; Desha Johnson, Lynchburg, VA; Jessica Mendez, Bedford, VA; and Ana Maria Morales, Roanoke, VA.

The Young Heroes Awards is a community service project of Cox Communications and the Kiwanis Club, with primary corporate sponsorship from Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP. Additional corporate support is provided by SunTrust with additional funding by HoneyTree Early Learning Centers. Cox Communications is the media partner for the event.

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