DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Director of Children's Affairs Lindsay Neil today honored 20 Denver youth who have made positive changes in their lives during the 2012 Mayor’s Youth Awards ceremony.
“These young people have demonstrated tremendous inner strength to overcome challenges and move towards a path of bold success,” Mayor Hancock said. “We recognize their determination in the face of adversity and we thank the caring adults who have helped them to become the young leaders they are today. Mentoring is critical to the success of our young people and thus the success of our community as a whole.”
Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, the Mayor’s Youth Awards began 24 years ago as a way to recognize young people for showing fortitude, making the right choices, and turning their lives around.
The students are nominated by a mentor or adult and selected by a committee for their significant personal accomplishments.
“Youth success is the product of our young people having the desire to succeed and a community that creates opportunities for them to do so," said Neil. “We are honored to continue the tradition of recognizing these exceptional members of our community and delighted to celebrate these extraordinary youth for their achievements.”
The Community College of Denver (CCD) will present a $500 scholarship to the senior award recipients as part of their on-going partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Awards.
Students who received the award include:
Adrianna Bellar, a freshman at North High School. Nominated by Monique Jaramillo of Colorado Uplift;
Andrew Davila, a senior at North High School. Nominated by Vince Trujillo of Colorado Uplift;
Jasmine Garcia,a senior at Denver West High School. Nominated by Jessica Lucero of Colorado Uplift;
Honey Hadafo, a freshman at South High School. Nominated by Patricia Engler of Newcomer Program;
Andrea Handy, a junior at South High School. Nominated by Gina Ahnen of South High School;
Kaitlin Hooks, a freshman at Denver Online High School. Nominated by Paula Hammel of Denver Online
Chocho Htay, an 8th grader at Merrill Middle School. Nominated by Milanne Kolquist of Merrill Middle School;
Amira Kiass, a senior at South High School. Nominated by Drew DeMarie of Colorado Youth At Risk;
Erika Leon, a junior at Denver School of Science and Technology. Nominated by Christa Jimenez;
Samantha Lobato, a senior at Career Education Center Middle College. Nominated by Mary Abbott of CEC Middle College;
Edgar Lopez Bello, a freshman at North High School. Nominated by Monique Jaramillo of Colorado Uplift;
Cheyenne Maestas, a freshman at North High School. Nominated by Vince Trujillo of Colorado Uplift;
Kendall Manning, a junior at Denver School of Science and Technology. Nominated by Ross Curington his mentor;
Jose Pascual, a freshmanat North High School. Nominated by Jacqueline Granados of Colorado Uplift;
Briauna Persinger, a senior at George Washington High School. Nominated by Drew DeMarie of Colorado Youth At Risk;
Nayely Ruiz a sophomore at North High School. Nominated by Lizzy Wittemore of Colorado Uplift;
Kwane Ryan, a senior at East High School. Nominated by “Q” Nellum of Colorado Uplift;
Ernest Salas, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. Nominated by Kaylee Dingman of Abraham Lincoln High School;
Kyle Trinidad, a senior at Kennedy High School. Nominated by Chris Enzminger of Kennedy High School;
Daniel Valles, a senior at West High School. Nominated by Adrian Lucero of Colorado Uplift.