Tradiciones Heroes - - Tradiciones - Scott Gerdes spe­cial sec­tions edi­tor

Com­mit­tee se­lects 2018 Un­sung He­roes

Hero­ism rep­re­sents the best of hu­man na­ture no mat­ter the per­ceived sever­ity of a sit­u­a­tion or need. Acts of kind­ness and courage are born from re­ac­tion and ac­tion. Such deeds, how­ever, can of­ten go un­no­ticed by those not per­son­ally af­fected.

There are car­ing, un­selfish souls in our midst who qui­etly and con­sis­tently go out on a limb to make a dif­fer­ence in oth­ers’ lives — re­gard­less of whether their ef­forts are rec­og­nized by those not af­fected. Of­ten, these peo­ple shy away from the lime­light, pre­fer­ring to see the re­sults of their deeds rather than seek­ing adu­la­tion. For the 17th year, The Taos News hon­ors a group of lo­cal cit­i­zens for mak­ing no­table con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity.

It takes a com­mit­tee to choose Un­sung He­roes. Since the sec­ond year of Tradi­ciones in 2001, The Taos News has called upon com­mu­nity mem­bers to nom­i­nate peo­ple who qui­etly make a dif­fer­ence. Cit­i­zen(s) of the Year and Un­sung He­roes con­tinue to be the silent pil­lars of Taos, of­ten­times lit­tle known but not taken for granted.

The 2018 se­lec­tion com­mit­tee in­cluded Ernes­tine Cór­dova, Stella Mares-mcgin­nis, Mar­i­lyn Far­row, Barb Wiard, David Mapes, Eliz­a­beth Crit­ten­den-pala­cios, Larry Martinez, Mike Tru­jillo, Yale Jones, Pavel Lukes, Joseph Quin­tana and Mary Ellen Fer­gu­son.

Overseers of the process in­cluded Taos News pub­lisher Chris Baker, man­ag­ing edi­tor Staci Mat­lock, ad­ver­tis­ing di­rec­tor Chris Wood and me, spe­cial sec­tions edi­tor Scott Gerdes. None of us were in­volved in the se­lec­tion process dur­ing the fo­cus group con­fab. How­ever, the pa­per’s man­age­ment staff did make the fi­nal se­lec­tion for Cit­i­zen(s) of the Year from a list of nom­i­nees pre­sented by the com­mit­tee.

The Taos News staff sin­cerely thanks the 2018 Tradi­ciones Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee for their time and en­ergy in mak­ing this an­nual se­ries pos­si­ble — and for bring­ing so many de­serv­ing peo­ple to light.

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