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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce has named Branson entertainer Jimmy Osmond as one of its Ten Outstanding Young Americans for 1999. Osmond and the other honorees will be recognized at a formal awards ceremony and banquet Jan. 9, 1999, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Other honorees in this year's group include Capt. Dondi Enos Costin, chaplain and most recently pastor of the world's largest Air Force congregation; Gold Medal Olympian Michael Duane Johnson; Ted Kennedy Jr.; 1998 number one draft choice Peyton Williams Manning; and Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998.

Osmond is the owner and manager of the Osmond Family Theater and has been awarded six gold records in his career.

Dec. 11, the Osmonds were also presented with a plaque by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, honoring the family's 40th anniversary in the entertainment business.

It was Walt Disney who discovered the Osmond Brothers and gave them their first television exposure on "Disneyland After Dark." They went on to become regular performers on the Andy Williams weekly television program for seven years before establishing a worldwide career that led to selling more than 80 million records and earning more than 47 gold and platinum records along the way.

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