Hillsborough County – Six Outstanding Students Win Hillsborough County’s 2022 YEA! Price
Job June 21, 2022 | 3:28 p.m.
Middle and high school students honored for their leadership, volunteerism and success despite difficulties
Each year the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners Youth Excellence and Achievement Award (YEA!) recognize the positive contributions of young people in three categories: leadership, volunteering or community service, and success despite difficult odds. Selected by the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, these individuals are examples of how young people can focus on improving their community and shaping its future.
The Board of County Commissioners honored all of the winners at its June 15 meeting. During the presentation, the following six students were recognized for their initiative, innovation and commitment to Hillsborough County.
- Brenna McGuire, Tinker High School
McGuire has held many leadership positions, including as an officer of the Future Business Leaders of America, editor of the Tinker K-8 yearbook, and team leader in the Anchored 4 Life program, which helps military children to transition and change. As an A4L team leader, she helped recruit representatives, lead meetings, plan activities, and participated in two community service projects.
- Ashton Kitchener, Newsome High School
An AP Scholar with Distinction, Fellow of the National Honor Society, and Executive Officer of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, Kitchiner earned her Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College and will graduate with a grade point average of 7.77 . Ashton owns ALK Enterprises, LLC. and he will attend the University of Florida in the fall where he will study business and entrepreneurship, funded in part by his @BoatsDirect Instagram page, which currently has nearly 93,000 followers.
Volunteer or community service
- Benjamin Mallin, Coleman Middle School
A lover of all sports, Mallin contacted the Tampa Bay Athletic Commission in December to request designation of Replay Tampa Bay as a beneficiary of his Bar Mitzvah project. His request resulted in a Replay Tampa Bay record of over 800 sporting goods and approximately $1,800 to support disadvantaged youth in the community. He also participates in the Best Buddies program, the Buddy Baseball organization, the Metropolitan Ministries, and has organized lemonade stands to raise money for victims of natural disasters, religious hate crimes, and cancer research.
- Emily Moore-Shrieves, Bloomingdale’s High School
Moore-Shrieves earned her Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College before the high school awarded her her degree. She currently has 330 hours of community service, many of which have been dedicated to Art Factory, A Kid’s Place and Metropolitan Ministries. After graduating as valedictorian and senior class president at Bloomingdale’s, she will attend Harvard University as a political science major, with a minor in international relations or economics.
Success despite tough odds
- Jae’Shaun Santos, Franklin Boys Prep
After early personal struggles inside and outside of school, including a period of homelessness with his family, Santos attended gifted classes, received academic awards, and was placed on the school board. honor. He captains his AAU basketball team and is a dedicated and active participant in LAB, the Basketball Learning Academy, which teaches life lessons through sports.
- Kevin Ibarias Nanez, Lennard High School
At the age of 13, Nanez, in addition to her mother and sister, emigrated from Mexico to escape a violent domestic situation. With limited knowledge of English, he worked hard and left the ESL program and took honors courses and Advanced International Certificate in Education courses, earning an overall district average of 4.0 . He would like to be in the fields of criminal justice and law enforcement.
During the presentation, Tony Selvaggio, founder of eSmart Recycling in Tampa, donated laptops to all recipients for their hard work and dedication to community service.
The Council also presented a proclamation declaring June 19 National Freedom Day June 19.
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Photo Info: YES! Award recipients with President Kimberly Overman (far left) and Tony Selvaggio (far right)