The Optimist Club of Waterloo has held a Youth Appreciation Banquet annually for over 50 years.  We have had different formats and criteria to determine the recipients of the awards over the years.  Currently, we honor students selected by their schools to receive certificates and recognition for good citizenship, good moral character, and just being good kids. The schools involved are Waterloo High School,Waterloo Jr. High School,Gibault Catholic High School and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School.  The club looks forward to many more years of honoring the youth of our community.