Youth salute: Sarah Doom named National Female Youth Leader of the Year

December 3, 2013 

Local Youth Salute students and 2013 Town Meeting on Tomorrow participants: National Female Youth Leader of the Year Sarah Doom, left, Chris Owens, Ethan Russell, Vincent Cao, Mercedes Maness and Elizabeth Minor.

Lexington Catholic High School senior Sarah Doom was named National Female Youth Leader of the Year during an awards ceremony held recently in St. Louis. The event was sponsored by the National Council on Youth Leadership and Washington University. Elizabeth Minor, Henry Clay High School senior, and Vincent Cao, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School senior, were among 10 finalists for the national award.

As part of the local Youth Salute program, all three won an all-expense-paid trip to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference in St. Louis, called Town Meeting on Tomorrow.

Other Youth Salute seniors from the Central Kentucky program who attended the conference were Chris Owens, Tates Creek High School; Mercedes Maness, Bath County High School; and Ethan Russell, Shelby County High School.

Sarah Doom, daughter of Joey and Stephanie Doom, received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Council on Youth Leadership, which is the parent organization for all Youth Salute programs in the United States. In May, Doom was named 2013 Lexington Youth Leader of the Year by the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership at an awards ceremony held at Asbury University in Wilmore.

From the local program, Doom won a $500 scholarship. Maness was named 2013 Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year and received a $500 scholarship.

Doom took part in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership program and Leadership Lexington. She is the founder of Soleless Lexington Chapter.

The local Youth Salute is conducted annually through the National Council on Youth Leadership in cooperation with the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership.

"Students must be nominated by their high school counselors, teachers, principals and other community leaders to participate in Youth Salute," said Jim Holifield, chairman of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership.

A leadership seminar featuring Carole Harder, Olympic trainer and Fortune 500 Company motivator, is held for students the same day as the local Youth Salute awards ceremony at a local college each year. Asbury University, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College host the event on a rotating basis. Collectively these colleges award $80,000 in scholarships each year to top Youth Salute students. An additional $10,000 in scholarships and awards is provided by area businesses.

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