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The City of Centennial recognized six outstanding Centennial high school students with Youth Achievement Awards during a City Council meeting last night. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact in the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. The 2017 Youth Achievement recipients received a $500 scholarship.
• Trevor Brown - Mr. Brown is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. He served as a volunteer counselor leader for children with special needs at Camp Barnabas. He was the Co-Chairman of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year campaign and served as a volunteer partner athlete on both Unified Lacrosse and Basketball teams. Mr. Brown also spent time as a Children’s Ministry volunteer and vacation bible school leader at Greenwood Community Church.
• Cameron Carr - Ms. Carr is a freshman at Arapahoe High School. She currently serves as a tutor and mentor at East Elementary school. She is a summer camp counselor at St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy and volunteers through St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Ms. Carr’s favorite volunteer activities include serving the Denver homeless youth population through the Urban Peak program and delivering food to seniors through TLC Meals on Wheels.
• Sarah Greichen - Ms. Greichen is a senior at Front Range Christian School. She is an Adam’s Camp volunteer and served as president of various Unified Sports Clubs at both Heritage and Front Range Christian schools. She sits on the Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project led her to create the Score A Friend, Inc. club to help include students of all abilities in school activities, but especially to help those who have limited access to social activities. Ms. Greichen established Score A Friend chapters at Front Range Christian School, Louisiana State University and Northern Arizona University and is in the process of implementing nine new clubs in local area schools.
• Bettina Meske - Ms. Meske is a junior at Arapahoe High School. She is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society and a Peer Minister at Our Father Lutheran Church. She volunteers with Jiminy Wicket, an organization that matches high school students with Alzheimer’s patients to play croquet. She also volunteers at Crossroads Church’s free daycare and food bank facilities. Ms. Meske not only volunteers herself, but recruited other members of her own church to volunteer at the inner-city Crossroads Church as well.
• Nathan Miller - Mr. Miller is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. He is a member of National Honor Society and volunteer at Greenwood Community Church. Mr. Miller helped co-found a Unified Lacrosse team after discovering there were no lacrosse opportunities for teens with disabilities. He also spent a week doing repair projects and socialization events on a Navajo reservation.
• Caitlin Weber - Ms. Weber is a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School. She volunteers as a tutor at Holly Hills Elementary School and is a Manna Thanksgiving and Denver Rescue Mission food and meal service volunteer. She is a member of Playstrong Colorado, a group that raises funds for cancer research. Ms. Weber works with students with disabilities as a therapeutic riding volunteer for Children’s Advisory Network and serves as a team volunteer at Cherry Hills Community Church.
The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community.