The New Braunfels Jaycees, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung are proud to announce the 20 winners of the 2018 Rising Stars of New Braunfels Award. These outstanding young leaders are being recognized for making significant contributions to our community through their professional activities and civic engagement.

The award honors 20 Rising Stars under the age of 40 who are excelling in their careers, bettering New Braunfels through volunteerism, and poised to be our community’s next generation of great leaders. The Rising Stars will be celebrated at a formal Gala in their honor on Friday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott River Village. The event will include a social hour, served dinner, presentation of awards to honorees and the announcement of the 2018 Distinguished Young Leader Award.

Alice Jewell, the winner of the 2017 Distinguished Young Leader Award, will provide remarks and make the announcement of this year’s winner. The name of the winner is kept confidential until the announcement that night. The Distinguished Young Leader is selected from the Rising Stars Awardees as someone who really stands out from the crowd and deserves special recognition for their contributions to our community.

The winners were selected by a committee made up of New Braunfels Jaycees alumni members and Chamber of Commerce representatives who had the difficult task of thoroughly reviewing all 99 applications.

“This year we are once again overwhelmed with the quality of the selected Rising Stars,” said Jaycees President Kristen Hoyt. “It’s proof that our community is one of the best – with hard working selfless, and generous citizens ready to make a positive impact on our city. The Selection Committee had their hands full with the amount of submissions, but I think it proves that this program and selection process will be sustained for years to come.”

The Rising Stars Award program began last year with an inaugural class of 40 winners. The program, application and selection process, and Gala are a partnership effort between the Jaycees, Chamber and Herald-Zeitung.

Tickets and sponsorships for the Gala will be available to the public beginning December 1.