Hopkins Public Schools is proud to recognize eight students who were awarded with the title of 2018 Caring Youth honorees.
The annual Caring Youth Recognition ceremony, held Feb. 22 at the Minnetonka Community Center, celebrates youth in the community who have given outstanding service to others and organizations in the area. In total, 24 area students received the awards. This year’s guest speaker was Tarrah Palm from ResourceWest.
The award salutes young people in grades seven through 12 who have “unselfishly involved themselves in a cause or situation benefitting others,” said Lisa Walker, Hopkins youth programs coordinator. “This award is designed to honor young people and encourages an attitude of recognizing the needs of others and responding in a personal, caring way.”
Civic and service organizations, schools, and faith community members in the Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka communities nominated the recipients. The Caring Youth Recognition event is a collaborative effort among the cities of Hopkins, Golden Valley, and Minnetonka, the Minnetonka and Hopkins school districts, and the Glen Lake Optimists of Minnetonka.
The 2018 Hopkins Caring Youth recipients are:
- Alana Brown, Eighth-grader at Hopkins North Junior High, volunteers with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
- Eve Clarkson, Sophomore at Hopkins High School and Golden Valley resident, volunteers with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
- Ellie Garrett, Seventh-grader at North Junior High and Minnetonka resident, volunteers at Darkeynu Children’s Special Needs Program.
- Sydney Kerber, Senior at Hopkins High School and Minnetonka resident, volunteers at All Saints Lutheran Church.
- Sahra Ismail Mohamed, Junior at Hopkins High School and Burnsville resident, volunteers at Summer Smarts Eisenhower.
- Valentina Ortiz, Eighth-grader at Hopkins North Junior High and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
- Angela Raney, Senior at Hopkins High School and Hopkins resident, volunteers with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
- Lily Zdechlik, Junior at Hopkins High School and Minnetonka resident, volunteers with Girls United MN.