News — August 07, 2017

JCI USA: 2017 TOYA Winners

JCI USA is pleased to name the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 79th annual black-tie awards ceremony to be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

“Every year, JCI USA recognizes the accomplishments of ten individuals who are truly outstanding, and 2017 is no different. Through an intense judging process, these ten individuals being honored as recipients of the JCI USA Top Outstanding Young American recognition are truly accomplished in their fields, in giving back to their communities.  These ten individuals represent the best of the best and individuals we should strive to emulate in our everyday actions. Each Honoree has shown a commitment to that hope, reminding all Americans that no problem is too difficult when handled with grace, ingenuity, courage, and determination."

The JCI USA Class of 2017 Top Outstanding Young Americans Honorees include:


Caitlin Crommett23, Speaker/Trainer, CEO, DreamCatchers Foundation, North Hollywood, CA

Jane Cummins40, Founder/CEO, The HEART Program, Houston, TX

Chinh Doan27, News Anchor/Reporter, KETV, Omaha, NE

Senior Master Sgt Benjamin S. Garrison, 37, United States Air Force, Germany

Earl Granville34, Staff Sergeant US Army (Ret.) and Public Speaker, Scott Township, PA 

Maggie Henjum, 31, Owner/Founder of Motion, St. Louis Park, MN

Sam Kuhnert25, Co-Founder, NubAbility Athletics, Tamaroa, IL

Kenneth Raimondi36, Producer/Director, Schertz, TX

Christopher Ulmer28, Founder, Special Books by Special Kids, Neptune Beach, FL

Senator Tony Vargas37, Nebraska Legislature – District 7, Omaha, NE


About Top Outstanding Young Americans Program

The Top Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition

programs in America. Annually since 1938, JCI USA has sought out young men and women (under the age of 40) who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.  Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970), Michele Tafoya (2001), and Ruth Riley (2014).

About the Jaycees

Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception

in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities, and is ideal for proactive young people ages 18 to 40.  Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that affect positive change in their home communities and throughout the world.  Download to official 2017 JCI USA Top Outstanding Young Americans Press Release

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