The 9th Annual High Five Awards, presented by the Strathcona County Youth Council, are looking for nominations to celebrate dedicated adult mentors who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth in the community.

The High Five Awards allow students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to nominate a favourite adult role model to be recognized in Strathcona County. You can find the nomination form on the High Five Awards page on the Strathcona County website. Nominees must be an adult 18 or older in the Strathcona area. Deadline for nominations is on April 22, 2016.

Following the same theme as last year, the High Five Awards follow the theme of Superheroes and Sidekicks.

"We really like the theme of the sidekicks and superheroes," Heather Teghtmeyer, Community Developer of Strathcona County explains, "It fits so well knowing that mentors are like our superheroes. They motivate us, they influence us, they insipire us. And us as their sidekick - we want to be like them. So we really feel like it's a good fit."

Teghtmeyer wants to encourage everyone to nominate somebody in their lives, noting that it's very important for young people to have adult role models in their lives.

All nominees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony, with one award presented for each grade division. All superheroes are invited to the celebration on May 29th, 2016 from 1-3 PM at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. The event is open to everyone and will also highlight the talents of local youth through performances and an art show.

The High Five Awards are presented through the Strathcona County Youth Council, which is comprised of teens from grades 7-12 and supported and mentored by the Strathcona County Family and Community Services. The Awards were created to honor the adults who have made a difference in the lives of children and youth in Strathcona County.