Central Valley Students Receive Chase Youth Awards
The local community recognized the outstanding contributions of numerous Central Valley School district students this March at the annual Chase Youth Awards. The awards, for exceptional youth who exemplify citizenship and service, were given to individuals and groups in several categories.
In the Youth Division, two elementary school groups were honored. The Liberty Lake Elementary K-Kids (pictured to the right) of Liberty Lake Elementary received the Community Service Award for their projects sponsored by the Liberty Lake Kiwanis. The Chester Service Stars of Chester Elementary School, who also provide various services to their community, received the Spirit of Jim Chase Award.
The Middle School Division winners boasted an individual and a group from Central Valley Schools. Amberlyn Weber, who has battled cancer since six months of age, was recognized with the courage award. The “What Makes Us Different Makes Us Great” diversity project by a group of Greenacres Middle School students was also awarded.
In the Teen Division, two individual students received awards. The creativity of Justin Catlett of University High School and the Leadership of Ashley Johnson of Central Valley High School were recognized. In the group category, the Spirit of Jim Chase Award went to the “Genocide Project” Team of University High School. Two Central Valley Running Start students, Megan Klegin and Yanek Kondryszyn, were honored as founders of the Liberty Lake Youth Commission.
The Chase Youth Commission is dedicated to empowering communities to value youth and youth to value communities. The Youth Commission, established in 1985, honors the youthful spirit of Mayor James E. Chase (mayor of Spokane 1982-1985) through the Chase Youth Awards. The Youth Awards honor young people who have made special contributions to the Spokane Community, recognizing them as community role models. Award categories highlight strengths of character valued by our community including courage, social consciousness, creativity, enterprise, personal growth, citizenship, leadership, diversity, environmental concern, and group effort. Approximately 2,000 youth and family members attend the awards ceremony held each March at the Spokane Opera House.
2007 Chase Youth Awards Winners
Youth division (grades K-6)
Community Service, Group
Liberty Lake Elementary K-Kids, Liberty Lake Elementary School
Amber Van Curler
Spirit of Jim Chase, Group
Chester Service Stars, Chester Elementary School
Middle School Division (grades 7-8)
Amberlynn Weber, Greenacres Middle School
Multimedia: “What Makes Us Different Makes Us Great,” Greenacres Middle School
Teen Division (grades 9-12)
Justin Catlett, University High School
Ashley Johnson, Central Valley High School
Liberty Lake Youth Commission Founders, Running Start
Spirit of Jim Chase, Group
“Genocide Project” Team, University High School
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