Kids Matter

POCATELLO — The Idaho State Journal and presenting partner Monsanto will host the first ever “Kids Matter” event on Nov. 8 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.

Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a live DJ, a Minion ice sculpture and kid-friendly appetizers that include walking tacos, mac and cheese bites, cookies and mini cupcakes. The awards ceremony will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Idaho State Journal knows that kids in Southeast Idaho are doing amazing things.

From raising money for local charities to helping prevent bullying, these kids are showing that good things can come in small packages.

The Kids Matter event will shine a spotlight on these special students.

Elementary School Students:

  • Shade Wilde – Mountain View Elementary
  • Liya Heern – Gate City Elementary
  • Robyn Gunnoe – Gem Prep Charter School
  • Austin Merriweather – Tendoy Elementary School
  • Holly Porter – Wapello Elementary School
  • Shylee Johnson – Mountain View Elementary
  • Anne Marie Frandsen – Lewis and Clark Elementary
  • Adelynn Shuler – Indian Hills Elementary
  • Nicolas Tirado – Hillcrest Elementary
  • Jersey Facer – Chubbuck Elementary

Middle School Students:

  • Ansley Perry – Idaho Science and Technology Charter School
  • Aurora Pennington – Grace Lutheran School
  • Alexia Tinno – Hawthorne Middle School
  • Michael Hansen – Hobb Middle School
  • Philip Wickard – Hobb Middle School
  • Shaylee Brake – Hawthorne Middle School
  • Dani Packer — Hawthorne Middle School
  • Braden Rone – Hawthorne Middle School
  • Fransisca Castro – Hawthorne Middle School
  • Austin Lloyd – North Gem Middle School

High School Students:

  • Audra Mabey – North Gem High School
  • Sadra Mabey – North Gem High School
  • Lexi Jorgenson – Century High School
  • Zoey Neuenfeldt – Pocatello High School
  • Brayden Hernandez – Highland High School
  • Rebekah Bitikofer – Aberdeen High School
  • Makenna Scott – Marsh Valley High School
  • Jerimiah Hansen – Soda Springs High School
  • Kaden Byrd – Century High School
  • Mariah Christensen – American Falls High School

While there are many events that focus on the athletic and academic accomplishments of local students, this event is centered around good deeds, kindness, community involvement, friendship and more of the goodness that kids in our neighborhoods are creating every day.

Beatboxer Parker Kane will be the keynote speaker.

Kane is an Idaho native who loves to beatbox. He starred in a McDonald’s commercial in which he creates music with a straw, cup and of course his own voice. The video quickly went viral.

In total, 30 local kids from area schools will be honored at the event. Each award-winner will receive a medal with his/her name on the front.

The nominees, their parents and siblings get free admission.

For more information about the event or tickets, go to

The Idaho State Journal would like to thank their sponsors Monsanto, ISU Credit Union, McDonald’s and Coke.