WonderWorks Syracuse is now accepting nominations for its annual WonderKids program.
The program recognizes high-achieving students in the Central New York community. Nominations will be accepted through May 8. All students nominated will be invited to the awards ceremony, where the winner for each category will be announced
The ceremony will feature former astronaut Dr. Don Thomas as the keynote speaker, and will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Teachers who nominate a student to be a WonderKid will also be entering their school for a chance to win a visit from Dr. Thomas to give a presentation about his adventures through space.
“WonderKids is my favorite program that we run each year. It gives teachers a great opportunity to give their students recognition for their accomplishments in a fun and exciting way,” said Nicole Montgomery, general manager at WonderWorks Syracuse. “The program allows us to reward students for the effort they put into their education. We’re able to give them something to recognize those efforts and to motivate them to continue their great work.”
WonderWorks offers the WonderKids program each year, and it gives students in the area a chance to stand out for their achievements in a variety of categories. All students nominated to be a WonderKid must be nominated by a teacher.
There are several areas that students can be nominated for, including their service to the community, academic excellence and future scientists. The number of nominations accepted is limited, so teachers should submit them early.
The WonderKids nomination categories include:
Academic Excellence – This will go to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the area of academics. They are typically students who have exceeded expectations and have an appreciation for learning.
Service to the Community – This award will be given to a student who helps others and goes above and beyond in doing so. This WonderKid is someone who has a great sense of self-awareness and demonstrates compassion for others.
Future Scientist – This will be awarded to a student who has a passion for the sciences. They have demonstrated that they love to discover, innovate and may one day change the world through science.
“We have been hosting WonderKids for several years now, and it has been a great success,” Montgomery said. “It’s a great way for WonderWorks to engage with the community and inspire the next generation of great students and scientists.”
Nominations are open to students in 10 Central New York counties: Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Madison, Cortland, Seneca, Tompkins, Chenango and Cayuga.
Each nominee will be invited to enjoy WonderWorks for the day, along with three guests of their choosing.
In addition to Dr. Thomas being the keynote speaker at the ceremony, he will also visit select schools in the area on the days leading up to the ceremony. He will visit schools on June 11-12. The schools that will receive the visit are yet to be determined.
To nominate a student, go online to: www.wonderworksonline.com/destiny/wonderkids.