They overcame obstacles and made tough choices, helped citizens in need, and inspired others to do well. The Clatsop County Commission on Children and Families honored young citizens Tuesday, May 21 at the 26th Annual Youth Recognition Awards banquet at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria.
The awards recognize local youth who have either overcome personal challenges to achieve success, or who have significantly improved the quality of life in the community through some form of service.
Awards were also given out to adults who have made a difference in young people's lives as "Asset Builders."
Among the accomplishments for which the award-winners were honored are: organizing fundraisers to cover students' shop-class fees and other expenses; caring for ill family members; forming a girls' support group; creating a drug-awareness program; and offering students' perspectives at informational meetings for the proposed School-Based Health Center project.
"It gives such hope and inspiration to hear about these kids who are our future," Clatsop County Juvenile Director Janet Evans said.
Commission on the Children and Families members Kimberley Chaput, Marcia Fenske, Aaron Glasser, Scott Lee, Katrina Morrell-Gasser and Cliff Watt were also honored for their service on the board. The commission is being phased out as the State of Oregon transitions to the new Early Learning Council program.
Youth Recognition Awards recipients:
Chrissy Alexander, Lainnie Alexander, Adam Buchanan and Corey Pritchard – nominated by Carly Scheik
Alejandra Espinoza – nominated by Lynn Jackson
Emily Jenkins – nominated by Kerry Strickland
Jennifer Mandujano and Julietta Mandujano – nominated by Darla Rush
Summer Markham – nominated by Tina Hess
Josh McConnell – nominated by Dan Foss
Kiera Olson – nominated by Venus Fromwiller
Chelsea Palmerton – nominated by Katie Beck
Spencer Percey and Taylor Williamson – nominated by Ian O'Brien
Karla Suarez – nominated by Kendra Gohl
Asset Builder of the Year recipients:
David Curl – nominated by Mariah Holt
Lisa Graham – nominated by Brent Newberry and Desiree Newberry
Dave Heibert – nominated by Kayla Conrad
Missy Johnson – nominated by Julietta Mandujano and Faith McGregor
Darla Rush – nominated by Jennifer Mandujano
Maggie Shumaker – nominated by Maddie Sutton