2017 Youth Achievement Awards
2017 Youth Achievement Award Application (PDF)
The Youth Achievement Awards were established by the Centennial Youth Commission to recognize youth in the City that make a contribution and have an impact on their community. The awards are given each year to Centennial youth who:
- Make a significant contribution to the City or its residents through a special project, deed or action;
- Demonstrate the potential to become leaders in their future career and in civic and community affairs; and
- Exhibit strength of character, emotional maturity, integrity and stability.
2016 Youth Achievement Award Recipients
This year, six high school students will be recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership with a $500 scholarship award contributed by SAFEbuilt Colorado and the Centennial Youth Commission.
- Brittany Berglund, a Cherry Creek High School senior, has volunteered for the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Marisco Campus Low Sensory program, where she trains other volunteers. She is the winner of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and has served as a tutor for Beyond the Bell, the Avid Program and at Pine Ridge Elementary School.
- Haylee Blach, a Regis High School senior, has volunteered at the Salvation Army, Feed My Starving Children, Place Bridge Academy, the Ronald McDonald House, Food Bank of the Rockies and Newborns in Need. She also went on a mission trip to Nicaragua to build a house for a single mother and her children. Ms. Blach enjoys mentoring special needs athletes through the Project Unify basketball team.
- Nicholas Harguth-Galyas, an Arapahoe High School senior, has volunteered for the Denver Rescue Mission, Feed My Starving Children and Operation Christmas Child. Nicholas also sponsors a child in Rwanda through World Vision and helped start an organization that provides moral and financial support to schools affected by school shootings. Nicholas is currently is working as a volunteer with the Jiminy Wicket organization to pair students with Alzheimer’s patients to create a safe environment to play croquet.
- Lucy Lawrence, an Arapahoe High School junior, has been a mentor and friend to an elementary student with Reactive Attachment Disorder and a classmate with autism. Lucy mentors middle school girls through the program, Girl Talk, and volunteers with Family Promise, a group that helps homeless families and children. She also forgoes a birthday party every year and instead enlists her friends to volunteer.
- Dylan Van Denend, an Arapahoe High School senior, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helped in the kitchen of Café 180 serving the homeless and been an instructor for a Kompound for Women’s Self Defense Class. His greatest community service joy comes from serving people with disabilities. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in nursing.
- Abigail Wist, a senior at Regis High School, is a member of the National Charity League. She has volunteered at Project C.U.R.E., Fresh Harvest Food Bank, Newborns in Need, Project Angel Heart, the Holly Creek Community Center and served as an elementary school tutor. Ms. Wist also helped teach impoverished youth during a Mission trip to Belize.