Youth leaders honored in 2013 Youth Salute

June 25, 2013 

Lexington Catholic High School junior, Sarah Doom, and Bath County High School junior, Mercedes Maness, have been named Youth Leaders of the Year in the 2013 Youth Salute Program. This is the 33rd year that awards have been given.

Sarah, daughter of Joey and Stephanie Doom, was named Lexington's 2013 Youth Leader of the Year. Mercedes, daughter of Tim and Tammy Maness, was named 2013 Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year. They were both given a $500 scholarship plus an all-expenses-paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sarah was chosen as the Lexington Catholic Girl of the Year and a Top Ten Scholar and took part in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program and Leadership Lexington. She is a member of the Beta Club, Varsity Dance Team, Presidential Advisory Committee, Spanish National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Mercedes is founder of "Adopt a Grandparent" Program and participated in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program. She is a member of the Beta Club, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Educators of America and Green Club. She is a part of the Gifted and Talented Program, Student Technology Leadership Program and she is a Bath County Honors Board Student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Four additional students were winners of the all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Oct. 19-22 in St. Louis: Elizabeth Minor, Henry Clay; Vincent Cao, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Ethan Russell, Shelby County; and John VanHook, Harrison County. They will join other Youth Salute leaders from across the nation and will compete for national awards.

Forty-five Central Kentucky high school juniors were recognized at the Youth Salute awards. Top school winners are: Emma Harris, Anderson County; Mercedes Maness, Bath County; Jacob Mondine, Berea Community; Dylan Johnson, Blue Grass Baptist; Emily Sledd, Bourbon County; Taylor Stewart, Boyle County; Johnathan Sales, Bryan Station; Megan Hughes, Burgin Independent; Susan Hanna Wahl, Casey County; Daniel Crall, Danville Christian Academy; Miranda Lopez, Danville; Courtney Sage Woodrum, East Jessamine; Taylor Adams, Estill County; Hannah Davis, Frankfort; Madeline Brady Hendrix, Franklin County; Anna Leigh Morrow, Garrard County; Ashton Wasson, George Rogers Clark; John VanHook, Harrison County; Elizabeth Minor, Henry Clay; Robert Wendroth, Lafayette; Sarah Doom, Lexington Catholic; Sydney Berry, Lexington Christian Academy; Dakota Roberts, Lincoln County; LaTavia Campbell, Madison Central; J. Conner Niceley, Madison Southern; Erika Brewer, Menifee County; Delaney Smith, Mercer County; Hannah Durbin, Model Laboratory; Caitlin Conyers, Montgomery County; Kaitlyn Marie Wells, Nicholas County; Allyson Beverly, Owen County; Franklin Bradford, Paris; Vincent Cao, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Rebekah Ponder, Rockcastle County; Madeline Hughes, Scott County; Ethan Russell, Shelby County; Krysten Renee Barlow, Spencer County; Robert Christopher Owens, Tates Creek; Ashley Mattingly, Trinity Christian Academy; Stefan Stryker, West Jessamine; Aja Leachman, Western Hills; Madeline Fuller, Woodford County.

Asbury University awarded $20,000 in scholarships. Five students received $4,000 each: Sydney Berry, Lexington Christian Academy; Lindsey Sizemore, Woodford County; Caitlin Conyers, Montgomery County; Logan Hickey, Scott County; and Lauren Shepard, Harrison County.

Eastern Kentucky University awarded $20,000 in scholarships. Five students received $4,000 each: Mark Allen Clemons, Menifee County; Rebekah Ponder, Rockcastle County; Owen Peterson, Woodford County; Rose Pidgorodetska, Montgomery County; and Kaitlyn Marie Wells, Nicholas County.

Georgetown College also awarded $20,000 in scholarships. Five students received $4,000 each: Madeline Fuller, Woodford County; Elizabeth Schilder, Scott County; Kirby Fitzpatrick, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Robert Christopher Owens, Tates Creek; and Jessica Kindrick, Scott County.

Midway College also awarded $12,000 in scholarships. Three students received $4,000 each: Dua Sheikh, Tates Creek; Lorena Black, Bourbon County; and Hailey Jones, Harrison County.

A $500 scholarship provided by Class 101, College Finance & Planning, was awarded to Hannah Durbin, Model Lab.

Five leadership awards of $100 each provided by Central Bank & Trust Co. were awarded to Hannah Davis, Frankfort; Miranda Lopez, Danville; Kirby Fitzpatrick, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Madeleine Hendrix, Franklin County; and Madeline Fuller, Woodford County.

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