BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award Nomination Form 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota established the BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award to honor BriAnna Kruzel, a former Little  and High School Big , who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in September 2013.  

BriAnna’s experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was quite unique. When her father was deployed in Iraq, BriAnna began as a Little in the program. Years later, BriAnna decided to become a High School Big  as a way to provide the same experience to another child. BriAnna was matched with a Little  whose father was deployed overseas, which helped them form an instant bond. BriAnna was able to relate to her Little and provide advice and support. BriAnna was a dedicated friend and mentor for over two years. She was selected as the 2013 High School Big Sister of the Year for her outstanding commitment to the program and her Little. She was also honored by the St. Cloud Optimist Club with the “Youth Appreciation Award” for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is accepting nominations for a deserving participant, either a former Little or former High School Big  who demonstrates service to the community, character, and integrity.  

Eligibility Requirements:
1. The nominee must be a former Little  or former High School Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN program.
2. The nominee must be 18 years of age or older and out of high school.
3. The nominee must have been matched thru Big Brothers Big Sisters for at least 18 months.

How to Nominate:
1. Submit the nomination form by April 15th. 
2. Big Brothers Big Sisters will then contact the nominee to obtain additional information.
3. The winner will be notified by May 16th and will receive the award at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Celebration.

If you have any questions please contact Ann Matvick @ 320.258.4517 or ann@BigDefenders.org.

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For example: Community Service Involvement, Personal Character and Integrity, Facing and Overcoming Obstacles, etc.