Wouldn't it be great to be young again and to be entering amateur astronomy! Now is the time to start considering the Astronomical League's youth awards for 2015: the National Young Astronomer Award (NYAA), the three Jack Horkheimer Youth Service Awards, and the Horkheimer/O’Meara Journalism Award.
If you know a young person who has been involved in an astronomy-related research project — either of his or her own doing or though an educational institution — please consider nominating that person for the National Young Astronomer Award. He or she must be between 14 and 19 years of age.
If you know a League member, 18 years or younger, who has brought amateur astronomy to your club or to the public through outreach, presentations, writing, or observing, please consider nominating that person for one of the four Horkheimer Service Awards. One of these awards is more specialized than the others — the Horheimer/O'Meara Journalism Award. It requires a person who is 8 to 14 years of age to compose a 300 to 500 word essay on any science related topic.
Since the deadlines for the National Young Astronomer Award is January 31, 2015 and for the Horkheimer Awards is March 31, 2015, now is the time for potential candidates to work on their projects and to participate in various astronomy activities.
If you are a club officer, nominate them. If you don't, no one else will! Complete information about each award can be found at www.astroleague.org/al/awards/awards.html