For the first nomination period of the 2018-19 school year, the Mayor’s Youth Commission presented awards to 13 students at a recent meeting of the Common Council.
Logan Arneson, a senior at Tremper High School, was nominated by teacher Eric Hopkins for his hard work and dedication. The role model is enrolled in AP classes and is supportive of his peers. He has aspirations to join the military and will exceed credit requirements upon graduation.
Jared Bandholz, a 10th-grader at Christian Life School, was nominated by principal Troy Tennyson. A member of a group that qualified for a worship competition in Texas this summer that placed in the top 15 nationwide, he has shown strong leadership in school, athletics and fine arts.
Zoe Brown, a senior at Christian Life School, was nominated by guidance director Mark Jedrzejczyk for her compassion and sense of commitment to others. She has been an active volunteer, doing charity work, helping the less fortunate in the community and mentoring young children.
Noah Burford, a Tremper High School senior, was nominated by school counselor Jeff Tarkowski for being a great Kenosha ambassador. He recently participated in Vietnam/Cambodia: Project Clean Water, an ARCC program, spending three weeks in Vietnam helping to construct biosand water filters and then installing them into the homes of rural community members.
Katelyn Casey, a junior at Tremper High School, was nominated by case manager Nathan Allemand for her leadership and achievements. A learning disability has not hindered her involvement in extracurricular activities, including athletics, and being a responsible role model to her peers.
Crystal DiBiase, a senior at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, was nominated by the Rev. Todd Belardi. She serves in her parish as well as being active in community service, having volunteered many hours of her time to Aurora Medical Center, St. Mark Parish and Frank Elementary School.
Ariana Ervin, an eighth-grader at All Saints Catholic School, was nominated by teacher Elizabeth Uelmen. The president of student council, honor roll student and member of the volleyball and basketball teams was also the leader of a World Hunger Day event, which collected money for people who are in need of food.
Brynn Johnson, a third-grader at Southport Elementary School, is a student citizen who exhibits self-discipline and the initiative to do extra assignments. She was honored for her hard work and for setting a great example for her peers.
Adrianna Martinez, a senior at Tremper High School, was nominated by teacher Mike Koslica. She will exceed credit requirements for graduation and is close to completing 100 hours of community service hours, all while working part time.
Kyle Printz, a fourth-grade student at Nash Elementary School, was nominated by dean of students Lacy Dusak. He was especially helpful this year in sharing his vision for a new Nash playground, and his passion paid off in the completion of that project. He is dedicated to learning, his community, and is always willing to help out.
Logan Schneider, an eighth-grader at All Saints Catholic School, was nominated by band director Lisa Larson. He has helped five beginning students learn the trumpet, and has mentored them through the beginning stages of being a musician. He enjoys sharing his gift by playing trumpet at the nursing home where his grandparents reside.
Crystal Shaffar is a senior at Tremper High School and was nominated by teacher Gina Packard. Shaffar is taking college courses, volunteers in the special education program, is exceeding the credit requirements for graduation and has high goals for continuing her education.
Zachary Spangler, a senior at LakeView Technology Academy, was nominated by counselor Lynette Anderson for his devotion to family, community and education. The biomedical sciences student and community volunteer is involved in symphonic band, is on the Academy’s Board of Directors, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is on the varsity bowling and boys’ tennis teams.