Four years ago, KRTV anchor Shannon Newth started the "Five Under 35" awards as a way to encourage the community through recognizing those whose attitudes and actions are helping Great Falls grow and improve.
As journalists, we want to be part of facilitating change and finding solutions for community issues, one of those being attracting and retaining young professionals.
More than 50 people submitted nominations this year.
A committee narrowed the nominees down to the final five who not only are doing great things, but also have an infectious spirit and positive attitude about living and working in Great Falls.
Our first recipient this year: Nichole Griffith (click here for article/video).
Our second recipient: Kellie Pierce (click here for article/video).
Our third recipient: Rory Schulte (click here for article/video).
Our fourth recipient: Jamie Darko (click here for article/video).
Our fifth recipient: Desiree Gaines (click here for article/video).