Jaycees recognize 10 Outstanding Young Americans

Tuesday, April 23rd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Claremore native and US Congressman Brad Carson will be recognized by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the group's 10 Outstanding Young Americans for 2002.

The 10 will be honored June 29 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls during the group's annual national meeting. The gathering is expected to attract up to 2,000 people.

Ted Waitt, chairman and chief executive officer of computer-maker Gateway, announced the selections Monday. Waitt, honorary chairman of this year's event, received the award in 1996.

``It was a great honor. Not just an honor, it's also an obligation,'' Waitt said.

Every year, the Junior Chamber honors 10 people considered among the best, brightest and most inspirational in various fields. They must be 21 to 39 years old and do not have to be members of the organization.

Other recipients include:

_ Alan Adams of Arlington, Va., an Air Force intern and pilot who has earned volunteerism awards.

_ Mark Brunell of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., a professional football player whose foundation helps ill children.

_Kris Tschetter of Sioux Falls, SD, a professional golfer.

_ Rulon Gardner of Colorado Springs, Colo., an Olympic Gold Medal wrestler who started a foundation that provides medical care for families suffering catastrophic illness.

_ Kelly Hill of Honolulu, founder of an organization that combats the sexual exploitation of women.

_ Anthony Mazzarelli, of Cinnaminson, N.J., who started a clinic that helps medical students and uninsured people.

_ John Meredith of Houston, who started an organization that helps at-risk youth.

Francis Powers Jr., of Fairfax, Va., who founded a museum that focuses on the Cold War period between WWII and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

_ Jennifer Sekowski of Fallston, Md., a toxicologist who does research to benefit public health.