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Youth Spotlight Youth Spotlight

They're all around us: young folks who have accomplished much and are doing great things in their community.

It's time to recognize them. Spokane Talks Online and The Spokesman-Review are doing just that.

We're launching Youth Spotlight to feature the good deeds and accomplishments of our teens (and younger) in the Inland Northwest. There will be a monthly article and video story. The video story will be hosted by STO's youngest reporter, Collin Pittmann.

Collin has been doing weekly STO weather reports for a year, and is now taking on this additional responsibility. A high school senior -- ASB president, FFA award-winner, actor -- Collin is an over-achiever himself and the perfect host for this series.

To nominate: If you know of a young high achiever that you would like to see profiled, contact The Spokesman-Review by e-mail at or call (509) 459-5503.

A Spokane teen’s love for theater has him headed toward a bigger stage

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

At age 17, Brady Magruder has been a university professor, a high school basketball star, a con man and the president of Argentina. Magruder, an incoming senior at University High School, has acted in more than a dozen plays at his school and in the community since the eighth grade. Now, he’s hoping to take his act to a professional level.

Youth Spotlight: Justin Cai plays it forward

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

After winning the top music prize at the Spokane Scholars banquet last month, Justin Cai did something even more remarkable: He donated half of his $4,000 prize to a nonprofit – one he founded – called “Music for Kids,” which provides music lessons to poor children.

Social change drives Spokane teen to activism

Community service and teen activism are not just high school requirements for some teens. For those like 16-year-old Madelyn Dickens, community involvement is clearly based on her passion for social change, a yearning to help others, and a desire to use her voice to make the world a better place.