Executive Editor, VP of News

I joined The Press in January 2014. Before that, I was executive editor at the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, NY. I’ve worked in newsrooms in many markets in my career, including NY, TX, GA, VA and NC. I have a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse.

When she was a senior at Ocean City High School, Janae Isaacs raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after watching her cousin battle leukemia for the third time.

Sawera Khan, who moved to Atlantic City from Pakistan when she was eight, learned English, excelled in her classes at Atlantic City High School, and volunteered for Campus Kitchen, a culinary program that feeds the homeless.

Hammonton High School senior John Sauer was involved with multiple projects to raise money to fight cancer and help cancer victims.

These were some of last year’s Press of Atlantic City’s Young Leaders. And there were 22 others who were just as passionate and accomplished.

Now in its third year, The Press’ Young Leaders awards program will again honor 25 of our area’s most civic-minded and community-driven high school seniors.

These are teens who may have spearheaded a community project, developed a charity or volunteered for a pet cause, as well as remained active in after-school sports, theater, music or more.

If you are a teacher, a mentor, a coach — or anyone — who knows of a high school senior in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland or southern Ocean counties who exemplifies these qualities, go online to PressofAC.com/youngleaders to nominate this outstanding student.

Nominations must include a letter of recommendation from the nominator (you), as well as a brief essay and a completed form listing accomplishments from the nominee (the student).

All nominations will be judged by an outside panel that will narrow down the group.

Nominations will end Thursday, March 1. This year’s Young Leaders judges are: • Dr. Barbara Gaba, President of Atlantic Cape Community College. • Brian Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantic City Campus, Stockton University. • Ben Rose, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority. • Margaret Belfield, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AtlantiCare.

The talents and achievements of the top 25 Young Leaders will be honored in a special supplement printed May 16 in The Press, in which we will tell the stories of each student’s academic skills, diverse extracurricular activities and service to their communities.

The Press will celebrate these Young Leaders at an awards breakfast on the same day at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway Township, where they will receive a small scholarship to assist in their college tuition costs.

The Press of Atlantic City and our Young Leaders’ sponsors take great pride in the youth of South Jersey because, before long, they will be our region’s leaders.

Kris Worrell is executive editor and vice president, news.

609-272-7277 kworrell@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressWorrell