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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Youth Link announces leadership award winners

To celebrate Bellevue Youth Link’s 27th anniversary of providing nationally recognized programs and services to Bellevue teens, Youth Link requested nominations of children and teens for their positive influence in the community.

The following young people will be honored at the annual Community Leadership Awards celebration on Wednesday, May 24, 7-8 p.m., at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE. Public officials will present the awards.

  • Most Inspirational - Boy: George Thompson, International School
  • Most Inspirational - Girl: Clarice Rhatigan, Tyee Middle School
  • Outstanding Athlete - Boy: Mani Sanaiekhah, Newport High School
  • Outstanding Athlete - Girl: Amy Tang, Odle Middle School
  • Outstanding Scholar - Boy: Christopher Watson, International School
  • Outstanding Scholar - Girl: Eshika Saxena, Interlake High School
  • Outstanding Youth Leader - Boy: Jack Brunell, International School
  • Outstanding Youth Leader - Girl: Sarah Inh, Bellevue High School
  • Diversity Champion: Sally Nyambura, Interlake High School                   
  • Environmental Champion: Veenadhari Kollipara, Interlake High School       
  • Outstanding Youth in Arts: Kate Leach, St. Louise School
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer - Boy: Adien Mendoza, Sammamish High School
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer - Girl: Isabella Laws, Sammamish High School
  • Outstanding Elementary School Student: Ezekiel Sambula, Stevenson Elementary
  • Outstanding Middle School Student: Sydney Vernon, Open Window School
  • Outstanding High School Student: Gador Aliseda-Canton, Newport High School
  • "Warming Hearts" Award: Mjracle Sheppard, Tyee Middle School
  • Bellevue Youth Court Norm Maleng Award: To Be Announced
  • Youth Link Phil Kushlan Award: To Be Announced

Youth Link will recognize all nominees in the evening’s program, as well as its own volunteers. The Community Leadership Awards celebration is free and open to the public; seating is limited and requires an RSVP. The award reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. All winners, nominees and their guests are invited to attend the awards ceremony. Please RSVP with Bellevue Youth Link by 5 p.m., May 19.

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Parks & Community Services
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Christina Faine
Phone: 425-452-4286
E-mail: cfaine@bellevuewa.gov


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