Twenty-three area high school seniors were recognized with scholarships during the Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA), which took place on May 4 at the Mayo Aviation Hangar in Centennial.
Hosted by Arapahoe County, these annual awards are given to graduating seniors who have dealt with different types of adversity—including unstable living conditions, learning disabilities, discrimination and abuse, and economic hardship—to achieve academic excellence.
What makes these awards unique, is that they encompass youth who live and attend school in Arapahoe County both within traditional classroom settings, but also group homes, alternative schools, and emancipated youth. In virtually all cases, these students are viewed by their teachers and fellow students as inspirational school leaders.
The scholarships they receive will help them pursue post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.
The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners were delighted to have a full house of guests—including the honorees, their friends, families, and supporters; the event sponsors; and elected and ACMCYA officials—celebrating these impressive young adults. “This night is special. It is an opportunity for us to look into the future and see how bright it is, these students are simply amazing. I feel fortunate to say these students will continue to amaze us for years to come,” said Arapahoe County Board Chair Carrie Warren-Gully, the evening’s emcee.
The winning students have a wide range of future goals and plans, including pursuing medical and other advanced degrees, starting their own business, supporting their family, and being role models for their siblings and peers. The students had to be nominated for these awards, typically by a teacher or school counselor, and they then submitted their own essay to be considered by the review panel, which is comprised of public officials from around the County.
To meet the 23 winners and learn more about the Youth Awards program, visit our website.