For more than a decade, the spirit of the Williston Pioneer–the person, not the newspaper–has gone unheralded. This month that problem will be recitified.
Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among his peers as a mover and shaker.
Nominations from our readers will no doubt include people from all walks of life. It could be your neighbor who ensures you get to the doctor each month. It may be the local school volunteer who skips lunch to go read to elementary school students. It might even be the person you sit next to at church who gives and gives and gives and expects nothing in return.
We encourage everyone who reads this paper to think about an individual who makes a difference in our community. We want to hear about Williston’s unsung heroes.
At the beginning of each month, now through December, we will will accept nominations for your choice of Pioneer of the Year. Each nomination should be 250 words or less as you detail what makes your nominee the best.
The nomination period will run for 20 days, at which time an independent panel of judges will choose the monthly winner from the letters submitted. Monthly winners will be awarded gifts and featured in the newspaper.
Monthly winners then become eligible for the Pioneer of the Year Award. At the end of December, the profiles of the 11 monthly winners will be featured in the newspaper and readers will then vote on who should be the Pioneer of the Year. The winner will be announced at the end of January 2013 and will receive several prizes, as well as a front page feature on them.
For an official nomination form, see page 17 in this week's paper.