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Youth salute

Henry Clay high school senior Laura VanWinkle and Montgomery County High School senior Jordan Campbell were named ”Youth Leaders of the Year“ during awards ceremonies held June 8 at Eastern Kentucky University.

VanWinkle, daughter of Stephen and Carla VanWinkle, was named Lexington's 2008 Youth Leader of the Year. She received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Washington University in St. Louis.

Campbell, son of Kevin and Lisa Campbell, was named 2008 Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year. He also received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis.

Four additional students won the all-expense-paid trip to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Washington University. They will join other Youth Salute leaders from across the nation on Oct. 18-21 and will compete for national awards. They are Pallavi Rao Podapati, Sayre School; Matt Warner, Lafayette; Daniel Summers, Boyle County; and Madeline Meckes, Danville.

Eastern Kentucky University awarded $4,000 scholarships to Zach Warren, Bluegrass Baptist; Andrea Danley, Madison Southern; Nicolette Dawn Coontz, ­Lincoln County; Stacy Lee Anne Thacker, Garrard County and Dana Elizabeth Ecton, Bryan Station.

Georgetown College also awarded $4,000 scholarships to Kelsey LaDale Ach, Lexington Christian Academy; Morgan Floyd, Madison Central; Reece Glenn Ill, George Rogers Clark; Ryan M. Smith, Berea Community; and Jonathan David Workman, Trinity Christian Academy.

Midway College also awarded $4,000 scholarships to Ashley N. Marcum, George Rogers Clark; Alyssa M. Hahn, Paris Independent; Ashley Pyle, Mercer County, Pallavi Rao Podapati, Sayre School; and Whitney Hall, Franklin County.

A $500 scholarship provided by College Finance & Planning was awarded to Stormy Weaver of Madison Southern.

Four ACT I SAT Preparation Courses valued at $400 each provided by College Finance & Planning were awarded to Caroline White, Bryan Station; Emily Grimm, Lexington Catholic; ­Jasmine Nicole Clark, Madison Central; and Michelle Ladanyi, George Rogers Clark.

Fifteen leadership awards of $100 each were presented to Kendall E. Latham, Madison Central; Morgan Stone, Berea Community; Tina Kirk, Woodford County; Bethany Graham, George Rogers Clark; Hannah Chung, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Kristen Letcher, Nicholas County; Ashley Pyle, Mercer County; Whitney Hall, Franklin County; Kelsey LaDale Ach, Lexington Christian Academy; Nicolette Dawn Coontz, Lincoln County; lttai Eres, Lafayette; Shellee Hayden, Frankfort; Hannah A. Colliver, Montgomery County; Casey Jett, Anderson County; and Emily Hunsaker, Western Hills.

The leadership awards were provided by Central Bank & Trust Co. and Holifield Photography.

Individual school winners, from among 702 outstanding high school juniors from 36 Central Kentucky high schools also were recognized at the ”Youth Salute“ awards ceremonies.

The ”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. All nominees must be high school juniors at the time they are nominated, have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and have been elected to at least two leadership positions in a school, religious or community sponsored organization during the past two years.

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