Local Youth To Be Honored March 20 For Outstanding Community Service

Twenty-five youth who have given outstanding service to others will be honored at the Caring Youth Recognition event Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7 pm at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka.

The CaCaringYouthlogoring Youth Recognition salutes young people in grades 7 through 12 who have unselfishly involved themselves in a cause or situation benefiting others. It is designed to honor young people who demonstrate caring by reaching out to others or whose day-to-day lifestyles reflect uncommon concern for others. Caring Youth supports the attitude of giving without expectation of reward or recognition. It encourages an attitude of recognizing the needs of others and responding to those needs in a personal, caring way.

Civic and service organizations, schools and faith community members in the Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka communities nominated the youth.

The Caring Youth Recognition event is a collaborative effort among the Cities of Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka, the Minnetonka and Hopkins school districts, and the Glen Lake Optimists of Minnetonka.

The 2014 Caring Youth Recipients

  • Haley Beddor, an Edina High School senior and Hopkins resident, volunteers with the Southside Family Nurturing Center
  • Timothy Bergeland, a Hopkins High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the National Honor Society
  • Parker Breza, a Benilde-St Margaret’s junior and Victoria resident, volunteers with the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka
  • Emily Diekmann, a Chanhassen High School senior and Chanhassen resident, volunteers with Helping Paws, Inc in Hopkins
  • Claire Dirnberger, a Hopkins High School junior and Hopkins resident, volunteers with the children’s ministry program at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins
  • Maggie Dries, a Minnetonka High School senior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers with St Therese Faith Formation in Minnetonka
  • Molly Eldevik, a Benilde-St Margaret’s junior and an Excelsior resident, has volunteers with the ICA Food Shelf in Minnnetonka
  • Paul Gogerty, a Minnetonka High School senior and a Deephaven resident, volunteers with St Therese Catholic Church in Minnetonka
  • Teddy Goodyear, a Minnetonka High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Ridgedale YMCA/Minnetonka Heights Community Program
  • Connor Hawley, an Eden Prairie High School senior and Eden Prairie resident, volunteers with Helping Paws, Inc in Hopkins
  • Emily Holmes, a Minnetonka High School senior and a Wayzata resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School
  • Anthony Johnson, a Hopkins High School senior and an Eden Prairie resident, volunteers with the Eisenhower Elementary School SMARTS after-school program in Hopkins
  • Cody Kirk, a Hopkins High School senior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers at St Luke Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka
  • Katie Longar, a Hopkins North Junior High ninth-grade student and a Golden Valley resident, volunteers at the Golden Valley Library
  • Drew Northrup, a Minnetonka High School senior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka
  • Patrick Quarberg, a Minnetonka High School senior and an Excelsior resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School
  • Daniel Read, a Minnetonka High School senior and an Excelsior resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School
  • Owen Shoger, a St Louis Park High School junior and a St. Louis Park resident, volunteers with Helping Paws, Inc in Hopkins
  • Callan Showers, a Hopkins High School junior and a Minnetonka resident, co-founded a chapter of “She’s the First” at Hopkins High school, advocating for women’s rights
  • Ryan Sinda, Minnetonka High School senior and a Shorewood resident, volunteers at Clear Springs Elementary School in Minnetonka
  • Tobie Soumekh, Hopkins High School junior and a Minnetonka resident, co-founded a chapter of “She’s the First” at Hopkins High school, advocating for women’s rights
  • Aria St James, a ninth-grade student at Valley View Middle School in Eden Prairie and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers at St Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie
  • Zak Wallace, a Minnetonka High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School
  • Claire White, a Minnetonka High School sophomore and Excelsior resident, volunteers with the Three Rivers Park District’s Lowry Nature Center in Victoria
  • Joshua Williams, a ninth-grade student at Hopkins North Junior High and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers at St Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Hopkins

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