Marshall youth award nomination due Feb. 9

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Feb. 9 is the nomination deadline for the 2012 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.

It will be presented by the 40 et 8, Voiture 99, to a Clark County 12th-grader who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, is a role model, shows initiative and motivates others.

Forms are available at the Fort Vancouver National Trust office in the General O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St. They can be downloaded at http://www.fortvan.org/pages/celebrate-freedom-programs van.org; or obtained by calling 360-992-1800.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. The recipient will be announced on March 1; the presentation will be March 21 at the Marshall House.

40 et 8, Voiture 99, a local veterans organization, announced in 2009 it would be title sponsor of the youth award program through 2012. Paul Mason and Phil Ruhmshottel presented a check for $50,000 to the National Trust.

At their request, the recipient’s college scholarship has been increased from $1,000 to $2,500 annually. The award includes a $500 paid summer internship in the Trust’s Celebrate Freedom office; opportunities to meet with local elected officials; opportunities to participate in Celebrate Freedom events including Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Flag Day at Fort Vancouver and Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver; and a biography of General George C. Marshall.

Marshall lived in Vancouver from 1936 to 1938. He was Army chief of staff during World War II and U.S. Secretary of State from 1947-1949.

The candidate must live in Clark County and be enrolled in high school (or home-schooled) at the 12th-grade level.