Education notebook: Chase Youth Awards honor area students
By Azaria Podplesky
The winners of the 2017 Chase Youth Awards were announced last week at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
These awards recognize students in kindergarten through 12th grade who best represent the characteristics of citizenship, community service, courage, creativity, diversity, leadership and personal achievement. One adult was also recognized for their impact on youth.
The winners, by category, are:
Arts & Creativity: Theater Arts for Children Youth Board (middle school), Caitlyn Michaels (teen) and Brittan Hart and Madison Seipp (teen group).
Community Involvement: Cierra Williams (elementary), Spokane Area Homeschool Co-op (elementary school group), Kayla Priebe and Vanessa Miranda (middle school group), Matthew Newberry (teen) and SFCC On-Track Academy Partnership (teen group).
Courage: Alexis Burks (teen).
Cultural Awareness: Iaitia Farrell (teen) and University High School Spokane Scholars; Cameron Blegen, Evan Figuracion, Craig Robertson and Natelie Windsor (teen group).
Environment: Stella Marsh (elementary), West Valley Outdoor Learning Center Department of Fish & Wildlife Team (middle school group) and Project Hope (teen group).
Leadership: Sheridan Elementary K-Club (elementary school group), Avery Plank (middle school), U-Knighted Math Mentors of East Valley Middle School (middle school group), Kelton Hedstrom (teen) and Freeman High School Future Business Leaders of America (teen group).
Personal Achievement: Romey Fox (teen) and Freeman Girls Basketball Team (teen group).
Judge’s Choice: Michelle McDonald (individual) and Central Valley High School CyberPatriots (group).
Chase Youth Commissioner’s Choice: Jael Allen.
Jim Chase Asset Builder Award: Shamerica Nakamura, Communities in Schools representative at North Central High School.