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Two named Youth Salute leaders of the year

Tulsi Patel
Tulsi Patel

Henry Clay High School junior Nick Zaytsev and Madison Southern High School junior Cassie Warren were named Youth Salute leaders of the year on May 2 at Georgetown College.

Nick, son of Kate Zaytseva and Saeed Shariaty, was named Lexington's youth leader of the year. Cassie, daughter of Stephanie Warren, was named Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year.

They each received a $500 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference, Oct. 16 to 19 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Four other students won expenses-paid trips to the leadership conference. They will join other Youth Salute leaders from across the nation at the conference and will compete for national awards. The students are Allison Grant, Mercer County High School; Arion Wright, Bryan Station; Nash Laungani, Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Nicholas Beasmore, Anderson County.

Individual winners from among 818 outstanding high school juniors at 42 Central Kentucky high schools were recognized at the Youth Salute awards ceremonies.

A leadership seminar featuring Olympic trainer and corporate speaker Carole Harder was held for students the same day at the college.

This is the 30th year of the awards.

The top school winners are:

Nicholas Beasmore, Anderson County; Rachel Wilder, Berea Community; Christian Williams, Blue Grass Baptist; Caroline Snell, Bourbon County; Patrick Reid, Boyle County; Arion Wright, Bryan Station; Leonora Bowman, Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg; Sami Rivard, Danville; Russell McConville Jr., East Jessamine; Kara Beth Singleton, Estill County; Brittany Parrish, Frankfort; Wesley Watkins, Franklin County; Canaan Davis, Garrard County; Alexandria Wasson, George Rogers Clark; Priya Mistry, Harrison County; Nick Zaytsev, Henry Clay; Beth Stevens, home school; Anna Collins, Lafayette; Lucia Schurr, Lexington Catholic; Brooklyn Rains, Lexington Christian Academy; Brandon Jeffries, Lincoln County; Tulsi Patel, Madison Central; Cassie Warren, Madison Southern; Allison Grant, Mercer County; Sara Loy, Model Lab; Caitlin Ring, Montgomery County; Kelsey Randolph, Nicholas County; Krista Power, Owen County; Sarah Clinkenbeard, Paris; Nash Laungani, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Corri Collins, Powell County; Katie LeeAnn Parks, Pulaski County; Ethan Miller, Rockcastle County; Caroline Sabharwal Sayre; Peyton Blanton, Scott County; Kimberly Krebs, Southwestern; Chase Thomas, Spencer County; Allison Young, Tates Creek; Luke Hardy, Trinity Christian Academy; Teryn Wright, West Jessamine; Ashley Booth, Western Hills; and Ashford King, Woodford County.

Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College and Midway College each awarded five scholarships of $4,000 each.

The EKU scholarships went to Wesley Watkins, Franklin County; Sami Rivard, Danville; Dakota McNierney, Madison Southern; Courtney Conyers, Montgomery County; and Hannah Estes, Lincoln County.

The Georgetown College scholarships went to Peyton Blanton, Scott County; Corri Collins, Powell County; Darian Cox, Madison Central; Ashford King, Woodford County; and Julie Henson, Harrison County.

The Midway College scholarships went to Savannah Stigers, Franklin County; Mary Tucker, George Rogers Clark; Virginia Hernandez, Bryan Station; Brittany Watson, Franklin County; and Kimberly Krebs, Southwestern.

College Finance & Planning awarded a $500 scholarship to Caroline Snell of Bourbon County. The Lexington-based company also awarded four ACT/SAT preparation courses, valued at $400 each, to Ashford King, Woodford County; Alexandria Wasson, George Rogers Clark; Peyton Blanton, Scott County; and Mary Boulanger, Lexington Catholic.

Fifteen students received $100 leadership awards: Patrick Reid, Boyle County; Sami Rivard, Danville; Wesley Watkins, Franklin County; Priya Mistry, Harrison County; Tulsi Patel, Madison Central; Kelsey Randolph, Nicholas County; Krista Power, Owen County; Corri Collins, Powell County; Katie LeeAnn Parks, Pulaski County; Ashley Booth, Western Hills; Rachel Wilder, Berea Community; Helen Sauer, Henry Clay; Lucia Schurr, Lexington Catholic; Brooklyn Rains, Lexington Christian Academy; and Amin Gharad, Paul Laurence Dunbar. The leadership awards were provided by Central Bank & Trust Co. and Holifield Photography.

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

Students are nominated by high school counselors, teachers, principals and community leaders, said Jim Holifield, chairman of the leadership council.

Each nominee must be a high school junior, have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and have been chosen by peers or an adult leader for at least two leadership roles in school, religious or community sponsored organizations during the previous two years.

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