LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - News 8 Anchor Jennifer Livingston has been named as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.
Members of the United States Junior Chamber (the Jaycees) surprised Livingston during a segment on "News 8 This Morning" on Thursday.
"The Ten Outstanding Young Americans program started with the United States Junior Chamber about 76 years ago and every year, the organization honors ten people who have done amazing things in their community, Jennifer being one of them," said Laura Chesney-Gadd, the Director of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program.
"That's really awesome. What an amazing honor," Livingston said with a smile after finding out about the news on air.
In 2013, Livingston was recognized as the Outstanding Young Wisconsinite by JCI Wisconsin (Wisconsin Jaycees) for her efforts to encourage the community to rise above people who bully others and teach their children "to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example." She also hosted and produced the News 8 hour-long TV special, "From Cruelty to Compassion" in the fall of 2013.
Here's the complete Class of 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans:
Amelia Rose Earhart, 31, Aviatrix; Founder/CEO, Fly With Amelia Foundation; Denver, CO
Colmon Elridge, III, 32, Senior Advisor to the Governor of KY; Georgetown, KY
Jennifer L. Livingston, 38, News Anchor, WKBT; La Crosse, WI
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr, 39, Entertainer; Logan, WV
Lauren B. Beach, 30, Lawyer & PhD Candidate; Minneapolis, MN
Lieutenant Commander Michael Files, 39, US Navy; Battle Creek, MI
Michael Schultz, 32, Athlete; Founder, Inventor, Fabricator at Biodapt, Inc.; St. Cloud, MN
Ruth Riley, 34, WNBA player; Miami Beach, FL
Taryn Davis, 28, Founder, Executive Director, American Widow Project; Buda, TX
Tevan Green, 36, President/CEO, Citadel Logic, LLC; Yorktown, VA
They will be honored in June 28 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Some of the past pominent recipients include U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton, and Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Richard Cheney.
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