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2019 Youth Achievement Award Application Period Open!

Centennial is seeking applicants for the 2019 Youth Achievement Awards. Apply here.

The Centennial Youth Achievement Awards honor and recognize exemplary young leaders who have made significant contributions to Centennial through service and outstanding leadership in school, community and the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to receive awards between $500 and $1,000 to be applied toward college tuition, fees, books, and supplies required for course enrollment.

The deadline for applications has been extended to April 22 at 5 p.m.

2018 Youth Achievement Award Recipients

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.

This year, three high school students were recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership with a $1,000 scholarship award contributed by SAFEbuilt Colorado and the Centennial Youth Commission.












• Spencer Christensen - Mr. Christensen is a senior at Arapahoe High School. He serves on the National Leadership Council whose mission is to foster leadership qualities, spiritual growth and cultivate service. On a mission trip, Mr. Christensen helped build a senior citizen dining room and taught English to students in Guatemala. He also has served as an after school tutor, a Link Crew member to mentor freshman at Arapahoe High School, and has volunteered for Littleton Stride races to help raise money for the Littleton Public Schools Foundation.  Mr. Christensen has helped over 700 children with resources and reading opportunities by volunteering 500 hours at Southglenn Library. Last year he was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for his volunteer service to the community. 

• Rafael Levy-Diner - Mr. Levy-Diner is a senior at Arapahoe High School. Mr. Levy-Diner volunteers serving food at the Denver Rescue Mission. He also plays croquet, through the Jiminy Wicket program, with older adults who have dementia. He developed a close relationship with one of the participants and volunteered his time outside of the program for weekly visits even as the man’s disease progressed resulting in several different housing moves. Mr. Levy-Diner currently serves as President of the Arapahoe High School Key Club and the Class Representative for the Littleton School and District Accountability Committee.

• Allie Wennerstrom - Ms. Wennerstrom is a senior at Arapahoe High School. She has volunteered for three years as a peer intern helping provide individual instruction to fellow students. Ms. Wennerstrom has volunteered at Camp Barnabas, a program dedicated to helping students with special needs and volunteered on a mission trip to Mexico. She serves as a coach for the Arapahoe High School Unified Basketball team, helping students with physical and mental disabilities. As a junior, she started the Arapahoe High School Unified Track team and recruited local police officers, fire fighters and area businesses to support the new group. Ms. Wennerstrom also serves as volunteer for students with autism and speech impediments at the Joshua School.

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