2017 TOYA Class Announced

JCI USA (The United States Junior Chamber) is pleased to announce the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 79th
annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

“Every year, JCI USA recognizes the accomplishments of ten individuals who are truly outstanding, and 2017
is no different. Through an intense judging process, these ten individuals being honored as recipients of the JCI USA Top Outstanding Young American recognition are truly accomplished in their fields, in giving back to their communities. These ten individuals represent the best of the best and individuals we should strive to emulate in our everyday actions. Each Honoree has shown a commitment to that hope, reminding all Americans that no problem is too difficult when handled with grace, ingenuity, courage, and determination.”

The JCI USA Class of 2017 Top Outstanding Young Americans Honorees include:
Caitlin Crommett, 23, Speaker/Trainer, CEO, DreamCatchers Foundation, North Hollywood, CA
Jane Cummins, 40, Founder/CEO, The HEART Program, Houston, TX
Chinh Doan, 27, News Anchor/Reporter, KETV, Omaha, NE
Senior Master Sgt Benjamin S. Garrison, 37, United States Air Force, Germany
Earl Granville, 34, Staff Sergeant US Army (Ret.) and Public Speaker, Scott Township, PA
Maggie Henjum, 31, Owner/Founder of Motion, St. Louis Park, MN
Sam Kuhnert, 25, Co-Founder, NubAbility Athletics, Tamaroa, IL
Kenneth Raimondi, 36, Producer/Director, Schertz, TX
Christopher Ulmer, 28, Founder, Special Books by Special Kids, Neptune Beach, FL
Senator Tony Vargas, 37, Nebraska Legislature – District 7, Omaha, NE

About Top Outstanding Young Americans Program
The Top Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Since 1938, JCI USA has annually sought out young men and women (under the age of 40) who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.

Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner(2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970), Michele Tafoya (2001), and
Ruth Riley (2014).

About the Jaycees
Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities, and is ideal for proactive young people ages 18 to 40.
Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that affect positive change in their home communities and throughout the world. To learn more about the Jaycees visit www.jci.cc.

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