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  • The most brilliant person I’ve ever encountered would have to be one of my students from back in 2005. I was a philosophy professor at Roanoke University at the time. That year, I taught the introductory philosophy class.

    This young man consistently showed up late to my class, sat at the back and acted like he wasn’t paying attention. Every so often though, when I was in the midst of lecturing, he would raise his hand and offer his opinion. What blew me away was how he expressed himself.

    Articulate, well-spoken, without haste, always taking a breath before speaking, he offered his dissenting views. Often, he’d completely invalidate the material, whether we were discussing Descartes, Camus, Russell, it didn’t matter.

    Sometimes I wonder what happened to that young man, and if I ran into him again, I’d present him with this award.

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    This candidate is currently the highest scoring nominee in the Most Brilliant American category in a 199 miles radius.

  • My sister Emma is the greatest sister anyone could possibly wish for. When I was five years old, I was playing in the street when a truck came speeding around the corner. When Emma saw that the truck headed towards me, she ran into the road and pushed me out of the way, getting hit in the process. The impact shattered her hips and legs, leaving the lower half of her body in a cast for six months. A decade later, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God that she saved my life. Despite the fact that she's married and living on the other side of the country, we still find time to talk almost every day, and she remains my best friend.

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    In honor of this nomination, financial support has been extended to:

    DISASTER RELIEF

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic makes a small contribution towards disaster relief projects that help Americans recover in the wake of natural disasters.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    SAVANT RECORDS

    Savant Records is a record label with the mission of providing recording opportunities to talented American artists with special needs, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or brain injuries. As a record label, we’re embracing the unique mission of helping talented artists with special needs to overcome the barriers and prejudice commonplace in the entertainment industry, and get their media a foothold in an otherwise extremely competitive industry. Savant Records is a Small Business Startup project currently managed by Perfect Republic, which will be spun off into a quasi-independent business once financially self-sufficient. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, constructing a recording studio, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • Amala started a girl's empowerment program in Baltimore to help girls develop self-confidence, which now has over 500 girls enrolled. She spends her time fundraising and mentoring these young ladies to appreciate their self worth, stay off the streets and to fulfill their education. While the role that she and her organization play in these girls' lives may be temporary, I have personally seen the permanent change that she's brought about in the attitudes and lives of these girls that she has helped including myself.

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  • In June of 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a very tough and emotional period in my life. However, shortly after my diagnosis, David came into my life. He met at a hookah bar in Washington, DC. He saw me sitting by myself, quietly crying, and came over to offer me a tissue. From that very first moment, he's been the most supportive and understanding person I've ever known. In the months since, he helped me through my battle with cancer by driving me to the hospital almost every day, cooking me healthy meals, and keeping my spirits up whenever I've felt sorry for myself. The day after I recieved the news that my cancer had gone into remission, I came home and found him on his knee in the middle of my family room, surrounded by 100 lit candles and rose pedals all over the floor. It was the most romantic proposal I possibly could have imagined, and made me realize I had found the one.

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  • My neighbor Aaron Johnson is the absolute best American that I know. He’s a shining example of what I’d like to achieve in life. Aaron’s has made the American Dream. He has a beautiful wife, two boisterous little boys and owns his house.  Not only that, anytime I need a tool or a hand in the garage, he’s more than happy to help. AND Aaron served in the military when he was younger! I feel safe with him in our neighborhood, and proud to call him my fellow American!

    We keep trying to get him to run for a local office, but every time we bring it up to him he just smiles and refuses. I think he’s accomplished what he wanted to in life. If anyone deserves this award, it’s him.

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    In honor of this nomination, financial support has been extended to:

    FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic will make a small financial contribution towards one or more groups working to find solutions to climate change.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    AMERICAN MILLENNIALS

    American Millennials is a public policy advocacy project that was founded with the specific mission of educating the public, inspiring citizen participation, and advocating for the public policy interests of young Americans (which are all too-­often ignored by both of the major parties). The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, a new website, promotional expenses, and other expenses typically incurred by think tanks and publishing groups during a startup phase.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • My brother Shawn is the most brilliant person I know!

    Every day, after school, he helps me with my math homework. He’s really patient too! Sometimes it takes me a while to get it, but he has this way of explaining things in a way that makes me get it. He’s a sophomore in high school, but he takes math with the seniors!

    Our dad had Shawn help him with his business taxes this year, how amazing is that? Shawn is also teaching himself how to speak German, without a teacher or anything! He says that he wants to live there someday.

    He inspires me every day to be more! I hope that I can be as brilliant as my brother too!

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    ART SAVES FOUNDATION

    The Art Saves Foundation is a non-profit funding platform focused on highlighting the inter-connectivity and importance of the Arts in our communities. From colorful street murals and installations brightening otherwise unwelcoming city buildings to tiny coffee shop galleries showcasing local student artists, art has historically brought people together from all walks of life. The idea behind the Art Saves Foundation is simple, using Art itself to generate start-up capital for self-sustaining Art and Community centered programs, small businesses, cooperatives and innovations that will enrich our neighborhoods and communities. In other words, Art funding Art. Through events such as Art Auctions selling donated works, Gallery parties, Fashion shows, Destash sales and an online donation platform, the organization will raise funding throughout the year that will then be given out in the form of grants. Businesses, non-profits and organizations must meet certain guidelines in order to qualify for a grant and the winners will be chosen based on a public online vote at the end of the year.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    AMERICAN MILLENNIALS

    American Millennials is a public policy advocacy project that was founded with the specific mission of educating the public, inspiring citizen participation, and advocating for the public policy interests of young Americans (which are all too-­often ignored by both of the major parties). The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, a new website, promotional expenses, and other expenses typically incurred by think tanks and publishing groups during a startup phase.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • From the second she came into this world she filled our lives with music, love & smiles. Full time student, full time worker and a never-ending passion for helping all creatures, big & small, that inspires those around her to want to be a better person. Her song when she thinks no one is listening, the way she insists on holding my hand (even in public) and her over-generous, ever-giving heart, for these reasons I nominate my only daughter. I could not have dreamt up a better version of her.
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  • Jerry is truly one of a kind. I believe that he is so beautiful on the inside, that nature had no choice but to spill it out to the outside as well. In addition to being an amazing husband and father, he in also a talented graphic designer, photographer, an philanthropist.
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  • I humbly nominate my Mom. she has the kindest heart and an all giving spirit. Without her I would be homeless, jobless and alone. She cares for me with the unconditional love all mothers have, but goes that extra mile every day to make sure I am safe, and fed and clean. I think there are a lot of Mothers out there that fit this catergory. But mine is exceptional in that she always, always makes life interesting. By best friend, my Mom.
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    In honor of this nomination, financial support has been extended to:

    FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic will make a small financial contribution towards one or more groups working to find solutions to climate change.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    PERFECT REPUBLIC LABS

    Perfect Republic Labs has the mission of providing young American inventors with the financial and legal resources necessary to turn brilliant ideas into real­-world products and services. Perfect Republic Labs is currently a Small Business Startup project owned and managed by Perfect Republic. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • Dean proposed to his fiancé-to-be Jennifer at the beautiful Playa Linda Resort in Aruba on her birthday, January 8, 2015. However, unlike most proposals, Dean didn't just get down on his knee and pop the question... From the day he knew he wanted to marry her, Dean started taking photographs every day, asking Jennifer to marry him every day for a year, then compiled the photos into a video that he presented her with at the moment he did ultimately pop the question. In recognition of Dean's forethought, creativity, and devotion to creating a unique and memorable proposal, I'm nominating him in the "Best Proposal" category!
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    SUPPORT AMERICAN FOOD BANKS

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic will make a small contribution towards one or more food banks that help feed Americans who are struggling to put food on the table in these tough economic times.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    SAVANT RECORDS

    Savant Records is a record label with the mission of providing recording opportunities to talented American artists with special needs, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or brain injuries. As a record label, we’re embracing the unique mission of helping talented artists with special needs to overcome the barriers and prejudice commonplace in the entertainment industry, and get their media a foothold in an otherwise extremely competitive industry. Savant Records is a Small Business Startup project currently managed by Perfect Republic, which will be spun off into a quasi-independent business once financially self-sufficient. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, constructing a recording studio, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • Blake, a father of four from Atlanta, GA, regularly dawns a Batman mask and records hilarious videos detailing the adventures of "BatDad" as he struggles with getting his children out the door in the mornings and the other challenges that can come with being a father of four. I'm nominating Blake in the category of "Best Father" for the amazing job he's done showing America the art of parenting done right, combining effectiveness with fun!

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    In honor of this nomination, financial support has been extended to:

    DISASTER RELIEF

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic makes a small contribution towards disaster relief projects that help Americans recover in the wake of natural disasters.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    SAVANT RECORDS

    Savant Records is a record label with the mission of providing recording opportunities to talented American artists with special needs, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or brain injuries. As a record label, we’re embracing the unique mission of helping talented artists with special needs to overcome the barriers and prejudice commonplace in the entertainment industry, and get their media a foothold in an otherwise extremely competitive industry. Savant Records is a Small Business Startup project currently managed by Perfect Republic, which will be spun off into a quasi-independent business once financially self-sufficient. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, constructing a recording studio, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • For 17 years, Jon has been the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, during which time he’s become one of the most trusted names in news. As cable news networks have slowly devolved into infotainment channels devoid of serious reporting, Jon has simultaneously taken on the roles of a public policy watchdog and advocate for the public good. The fact is, the role Jon has played has gone far beyond that of most entertainers — by honestly and fairly reporting the news, exposing corrupt politicians, and calling the news media out when they’ve skirted their responsibilities as members of the fourth estate, Jon’s earned a reputation as being one of the most intelligent, sensible, and respected voices in our national dialogue. I’m nominating Jon for “American of the Year” because I believe that as he nears the end of his tenure at The Daily Show, the time has come to honor him for the immensely important role he’s played in American politics for the past two decades. While there are countless videos that could be used to make the case for how extraordinary a role Jon's played over the course of the past two decades, I can't think of a better example than his appearance on CNN's CrossFire.
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  • Although she and I have not dated for a while, Yazmean was the best girlfriend a man could ask for. Granted she was very sarcastic and enjoyed mimicking me, this did not mean to say that she wasn't unloving, kind, sweet and compassionate. I always struggled with the understanding that she showed her love through her teasing and sarcasm. Beneath the rough edges, lies a warm and golden heart. When she loves, she loves unconditionally; she upholds the axiom: "one of the best joys in life is to have someone who loves you deeply, make fun of you; it is one of the great joys because the day they don't make fun of you, that means they don't give a thought about you. She is perseverent, curious, gorgeous and charming. These are some of the many reasons why she definitely should be considered for the "Best Girlfriend" award
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    Tigran Terpandjian nominated this individual on Jun 18 , 2015

    SUPPORT AMERICAN FOOD BANKS

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic will make a small contribution towards one or more food banks that help feed Americans who are struggling to put food on the table in these tough economic times.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    SAVANT RECORDS

    Savant Records is a record label with the mission of providing recording opportunities to talented American artists with special needs, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or brain injuries. As a record label, we’re embracing the unique mission of helping talented artists with special needs to overcome the barriers and prejudice commonplace in the entertainment industry, and get their media a foothold in an otherwise extremely competitive industry. Savant Records is a Small Business Startup project currently managed by Perfect Republic, which will be spun off into a quasi-independent business once financially self-sufficient. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, constructing a recording studio, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

  • Donald Trump is one of the most successful businessmen in America, the author of over fifteen bestseller books, and in a number of ways the embodiment of the American Dream realized. But I’m nominating Donald in the category of “Best Statesman” for running for President in the way he is, which I believe is the reason he’s dominating a number of polls. While the media elite has attacked him for making a number of comments that some might consider controversial or offensive, the fact is, the Donald is running a presidential campaign based on what he believes, and he won't take no for an answer. Agree with him or not, he’s running as who he genuinely is, which is more than can be said for a lot of politicians in Washington. He isn’t in the pocket of the elite or special interests, and when the companies he’s done business with in the past have cut ties with him under pressure from outside forces, he hasn’t buckled and apologized for speaking his mind, thereby clearly demonstrating that he’s prioritizing his political aspirations over his own financial best interests. The reality of these facts should give people something to think about, because the Donald shouldn’t be underestimated --- especially when he’s made it clear he’s serious about something.
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  • I really cannot say enough good things about how kind, thoughtful and generous John is. He thinks ONLY of others, always putting himself last - often to his own detriment. A true optimist, he constantly thinks the best of people, even in the worst of circumstances or even after a person has shown themselves to be of a lesser character - he STILL believes in them, supports them and is there to give them a hand up. He lives to make the world a better, brighter, more loving and more giving place. He doesn't just wait for someone to ask for help - he's constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the lives of others. He volunteers in too many ways to write here, and he donates VAST resources and money and personal property. To me, he epitomizes a true American philanthropist. I only hope that others will see a 10th of the beauty of his soul and virtues. He's said all along that he will have lived a life well lived if even one person stands up at his funeral to say that he had an impact on their life. He is THAT person. He's a wonderful human being doing his all out best to make a stamp on the lives of everyone around him for the better.
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    Jewellee Dalrymple nominated this individual on Jun 19 , 2015

    SUPPORT AMERICAN FOOD BANKS

    Every time a nominee selects this charitable cause, Perfect Republic will make a small contribution towards one or more food banks that help feed Americans who are struggling to put food on the table in these tough economic times.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

    SAVANT RECORDS

    Savant Records is a record label with the mission of providing recording opportunities to talented American artists with special needs, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or brain injuries. As a record label, we’re embracing the unique mission of helping talented artists with special needs to overcome the barriers and prejudice commonplace in the entertainment industry, and get their media a foothold in an otherwise extremely competitive industry. Savant Records is a Small Business Startup project currently managed by Perfect Republic, which will be spun off into a quasi-independent business once financially self-sufficient. The complete funding of this project will cover the costs of essential staff, renting office space, constructing a recording studio, and other expenses commonly incurred during the startup phase of a business.

    When you nominate someone for an American Award, Perfect Republic will make small contributions towards the charitable cause and small business startup of your nominee's choice.

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