Jaycees honor outstanding young citizens

Pictured are the recipients of the 2016 Manistee County Community Awards, presented by the Jaycees. From left to right: Chris Franckowiak, Kevin Kott, Jaime Fredericks, Jaclyn Trahan and Kirsten Sheffield. Not pictured: Lindsey Swidorski. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Pictured are the recipients of the 2016 Manistee County Community Awards, presented by the Jaycees. From left to right: Chris Franckowiak, Kevin Kott, Jaime Fredericks, Jaclyn Trahan and Kirsten Sheffield. Not pictured: Lindsey Swidorski. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The Manistee Jaycees are made up of young and determined individuals, ages 21-40.

That same cross section of the community was their focus Tuesday night at the Jaycees’ annual Manistee County Community Awards Reception, held at the Blue Fish Kitchen and Bar.

Six local recipients were honored for their service to the community in various areas.

“I think it’s great to recognize young people in Manistee, because you don’t see a lot of that,” said Delaney Bachman, president of the Jaycees. “We like to take this opportunity every year to point out these people in Manistee who are going to — as they age — do more and more things for the town and community.

“We want to recognize all the awesome things they’ve already done.”

Through online voting, members of the community — not including Jaycees — determined this year’s winners:

  • Outstanding Young Volunteer: Kirsten Sheffield;
  • Outstanding Young Professional: Lindsey Swidorski, owner of Manistee’s Ramsdell Inn and TJ’s Pub;
  • Outstanding Young Healthcare Provider: Jaime Fredericks, physical therapist assistant at West Shore Medical Center;
  • Outstanding Young Educator: Jaclyn Trahan, fifth grade teacher at Manistee Area Public Schools;
  • Outstanding Young Public Safety Provider: Chris Franckowiak, police officer for the City of Manistee;
  • Outstanding Young Person Making a Difference: Kevin Kott, certified athletic trainer for Manistee County schools through West Shore Medical Center.

Kenny Kott, secretary/historian for the Jaycees, said his group views the annual reception as one of their responsibilities to the community.

“The Jaycees obviously focus on the youth,” he explained. “It’s not that they get passed over, but it’s really our duty to shed light on those who are within that age group — 21-40 — and really honor them for what they do in the community.

“These people definitely deserve it, so we want to make sure they get noticed.”

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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