For The Herald-Mail, naming a Person of the Year is a way to recognize someone who makes a positive contribution to the community.
Spurring others to act similarly would be an added bonus, Herald-Mail Publisher John League said.
"(The Person of the Year is a) story that is positive and highlights someone who is doing something essential in the community," League said. "Perhaps if highlighting that individual spurs somebody else's acting, it's worth a story."
What separates such people from everyone else is that they are willing to get out there and "do it," League said.
"All of our Persons of the Year have done it. It's making the effort," he said.
This year's Person of the Year is Lois Smith Harrison, 83, who has been involved for decades in a variety of organizations.