The Arapahoe County Mayors & Commissioners Youth Awards

Logo for Arapahoe County Mayors & Commissioners Youth AwardsThe Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) recognize local seniors who have overcome personal adversity and have created positive change in their lives. One-time scholarships are awarded to exceptional youth for pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.

Given the current widespread health concerns and restrictions on crowd size, we are sorry that we are unable to honor and recognize the 2020 Youth Award recipients with our usual in-person ceremony. However, that doesn’t make these outstanding young adults any less deserving of our admiration!

Meet the 2020 Award Recipients 

COREY ALLEN: Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

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DECLAN ATWELL: Cherry Creek High School

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BAILEY CALDWELL: Englewood High School

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MAYGEN DAUGHERTY: Smoky Hill High School

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CHEROKEE DAVIS: Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

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DULCE FLANDERS: Englewood High School

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AVERY GREENWOOD: Arapahoe High

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D’MIA HUFF: Smoky Hill High School

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SAMANTHA KLEIN: Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

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JACQUELYN LEIBOWITZ: Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

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ZAMIAH PRATT: Rangeview High School

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MADELINE RIVERA: Heritage High School

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ZARIA ROUSE: Cherry Creek High School

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ERIKA SALAZAR: Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

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MADIBONU SALIMJONOVA: Overland High School

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APSHARA SIWAKOTI: Grandview High School

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DILAFRUZ SOBIROVA: Overland High School

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CORTNEY UMOELIN: Eaglecrest High School

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AMYAH WILLIAMS: Aurora Central High School

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RAELEE WYNNE: Heritage High School

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About the Program
The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) recognize local seniors who have overcome personal adversity and have created positive change in their lives. The program is unique because it encompasses youth in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings.

During a special event in April, nominated students are recognized for their accomplishments and one-time scholarships are awarded to exceptional youth for pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.

Eligibility

  • Seniors (grade 12) who live and attend school in Arapahoe County
  • Students within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools and/or are emancipated youth
  • Youth related to Arapahoe County employees are not eligible for this program

Process
Teachers, counselors and other educators, not related to the youth, may nominate an eligible youth for consideration.

Each nominee must write a three-paragraph essay (no more than 400 words) that highlights what they have learned after overcoming the challenge(s) they faced, what they hope to accomplish in the year ahead and any future plans or ambitions.

A committee comprised of elected officials (commissioners, mayors, etc.) review applications and make recommendations for awards and scholarships based on the student’s desire to rise above adversity, determination to create positive change within their environment, and the positive contributions and service to their communities and families.

2021 Nomination Deadline: TBD

Scholarships
Scholarships are made possible through the Arapahoe County Foundation and program sponsors. Scholarship awards must be used within the 2020-2021 academic years to help defray first-year costs.

Questions
Questions about the process or program should be directed to 303-795-4215 or lcannon@arapahoegov.com.