Inspirational impact


 Sometimes it is underestimated how much impact children and teenagers make in the local community, but the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey aim to recognize the great accomplishments of area youth. Nominations for the Barnum Award, in honor of P.T. Barnum and his inspirational accomplishments working with youth, are being accepted through Sept. 10. Three local award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges based on their accomplishments, creativity, innovation and ability to inspire others. A $1,000, $750 and $500 grant will be given to the three winners, respectively. Nominations may be submitted by those over the age of 21 by completing a questionnaire. An award ceremony will be held  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Huntington Center. To nominate a child or for more information, visit