Bauer's 8th, annual event celebrating young people was a great success - you can read about the winners in the sidebar to the right. They are an amazing group of kids.This night would not have been possible without the support of our donors. A big thank you to them for joining Bauer in celebrating the young people of our community.
2018 Celebrate Youth! Winners
Youth of the Year - Presented by Salud Revenue Partners The Youth of the Year recipient is a young person who exemplifies great achievement in one or more of the award categories as well as being an overall example to his/her peers and the community as a caring, responsible, successful young adult. The recipient of the 2019 Youth of the Year award was Chase Hoskins, a senior at Oakland High School. His story of overcoming drugs/alcohol, challenges with his family life and problems with the law. He said "I am on my way to graduation, which three years ago seemed impossible. I never believed I would make it this far. Reflecting back on what was impossible for me, I now know I can conquer the world. No matter what circumstances are going on in my life, I know that I can get done what needs to be done for me to be successful. Nothing can stop me now."
Charles Mikels' Citizenship Through Service - Presented by Fraternal Order of Eagles
This award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to serving their community. By providing service to others, this individual is an example of how young people are valuable resources to our community. Through volunteerism and leadership, this young person demonstrates positive values such as caring, integrity, responsibility, equality and social justice. This year’s award recipient is Brett Hartman, a senior at McCutcheon High School. Brett’s asset builder, Jay Underwood, describes Brett in this way: “Brett exemplifies the traits of a strong, quiet leader who leads through his actions and attitude. He is quick to volunteer, never shying away from hard work. Brett is great about seeing a job through until it is complete, often bringing others alongside him as he works, providing instruction and assistance as needed.”
Creative Self-Expression - Presented by Freckles Graphics
This award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and creativity in an artistic endeavor or other method of self-expression. This young person’s creative activities contribute to their positive sense of self, purpose and perspective on the future and is sponsored by Freckles Graphics. This year’s award recipient is Abigail Vinarcik, a senior at Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School. Abigail has been engaged in a number of creative pursuits during her high school career, including singing, acting, dancing….and robotics! She has been sewing since her mother and grandmother taught her at the age of 9. Sewing allows her to express herself freely and to create something beautiful AND to stay connected as a family and learn about tradition.
Sportsmanship - Presented by Franciscan Alliance The Sportsmanship Award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated high ideals of sportsmanship in the context of their athletic activities. In both practice and competition, this individual is an example of integrity, responsibility and high expectations. Through relationships with coaches, teammates and competitors, this young person demonstrates how positive character can be developed and exhibited through athletic pursuits. This year’s winner is Riley Nicol, a senior at McCutcheon High School. Riley has been active in sports at her high school, including track, cheerleading and unified track, but soccer is her passion. Riley ran varsity track her freshman and sophomore years but last year switched to her school’s unified track team, which includes students with disabilities, giving more students the opportunity to participate in competitive sports as representatives of their school.
Commitment to Learning - Presented by Arni's Pizza
This award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their learning in one or more subjects. By serving as a role model, or by directly teaching and helping others, this young person encourages peers to develop a commitment to learning as well. The 2019 winner is Khine Su Thin, a senior at Jefferson High School. Khine, her parents and younger brother immigrated to the United States four years ago from Myanmar, a small country located in Southeast Asia bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Khine writes about the challenges she has faced since coming to the US, not being fluent in English. She and her brother were mocked and teased because of their lack of understanding of English and their accents. In spite of these challenges, Khine has devoted herself to improving her English and to her studies and plans to become a nurse.
Bouncing Back - Presented by Old National Bank The Bouncing Back Award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated resilience in the face of difficult obstacles. Through perseverance and grit, this young person has coped with life’s challenges and achieved success in one or more areas. This individual expresses a positive sense of identity and is a role model to others facing challenges. The Bouncing Back Award is sponsored by Old National Bank. This winner of the award is Robert Pearson, a senior at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Robert has faced a challenging senior year that has included experiences unlike those of most of his peers. A mostly A student prior to this disruption in his life, Robert reports he has earned enough credits to receive a diploma with technical honors when he graduates this year.