Local Youth To Be Honored March 19 For Outstanding Community Service

Twenty-one youth who have given outstanding service to others will be honored at the Caring Youth Recognition event Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 7 pm at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka.

The Caring 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.

This year’s guest speaker is Callan Showers, a 2014 Caring Youth Award recipient and a senior at Hopkins High School. Showers co-founded a chapter of “She’s the First” at Hopkins High school, advocating for women’s rights.

2015 Caring Youth Recipients

  • Maddie Ansel, Hopkins High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with Children’s Hospital and Clinics.
  • Sunhyoung Bang, a Minnetonka High School freshman and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Ridgedale YMCA/Minnetonka Heights Community Program.
  • Camryn Bell, a Hopkins High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Hopkins Education Foundation.
  • Maddy Brown, a Minnetonka High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Minnetonka High School Youth Development Council.
  • Jack Christianson, a Minnetonka High School senior and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Minnetonka High School Youth Development Council.
  • Jordan Hawley, an Eden Prairie High School junior and an Eden Prairie resident, volunteers with Helping Paws in Hopkins.
  • Maddie Hawley, a Minnetonka High School junior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the West Metro Miracle League in Minnetonka.
  • Cole Histon, a Minnetonka High School senior and a Shorewood resident, volunteers with the Excelsior United Methodist Church and Excelsior Elementary School After-School Program.
  • Lauren Horgen, a Hopkins West Junior High freshman and Hopkins resident, volunteers with We Can Ride in Hopkins.
  • Reid Johnson, a Minnetonka High School senior and Eden Prairie resident, volunteers with the Minnetonka High School Youth Development Council.
  • Maggie Keeler, a Minnetonka High School senior and Chanhassen resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School.
  • Maria Keller, an Orono High School freshman and a Plymouth resident, volunteers with Read Indeed in Hopkins.
  • Annika Patterson, a Hopkins West Junior High freshman and a Hopkins resident, started a chapter of and volunteers with I Am That Girl.
  • Rachael Price, a Minnetonka High School senior and an Excelsior resident, volunteers with ICA Foodshelf in Minnetonka.
  • Joe Ramlet, a FAIR School seventh-grader and a Golden Valley resident, volunteers at the Hennepin County Golden Valley Library.
  • Erika Schmidt, a seventh-grade student at St John’s Lutheran School in Chaska and an Excelsior resident, volunteers at Helping Paws in Hopkins.
  • Sierra Schultz, a Minnetonka High School junior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the ICA Foodshelf in Minnetonka.
  • Gavin Shoger, a St Louis Park High School sophomore and a St Louis Park resident, volunteers with Helping Paws in Hopkins.
  • Morgan Train, a Minnetonka High School senior and an Excelsior resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School.
  • Sydney Wicklacz, Minnetonka High School senior and a Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the Youth Development Council at Minnetonka High School.
  • Kathryn Zylstra, Eden Prairie High School senior and an Eden Prairie resident, volunteers at ICA Foodshelf in Minnetonka.

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