Zainab Kahloon, who was a junior in 2014-2015 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was tapped as Lexington’s Youth Leader of the Year during a recent awards ceremony at Georgetown College. She received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Holifield Photography, to attend this fall’s National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Zainab was varsity captain of Dunbar’s Academic Team, treasurer of the Brainiacs Club, and Midwest Regional Executive Committee chair of Muslin Youth of North America. She was also a member of the school’s Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the yearbook staff.
Each school winner will receive a Young Achievers gold medallion, Young Achievers T-shirt and Young Achievers book bag. These students were nominated by their principals, guidance counselors, teachers or an adult leader in the spring of their fourth- or seventh-grade year.
Holifield Photography sponsors Young Achievers in cooperation with the International Leadership Network, a nonprofit organization, and has helped develop the program in the Central Kentucky area over the last quarter century.
The purpose of this program is to honor fifth- and eighth-graders in the community who serve as positive role models for their peers, demonstrate exceptional achievement in a variety of areas, exhibit good citizenship in their schools and communities and maintain satisfactory records of school attendance and scholastic achievement.
Graham Wilson, a recent fifth grade student at Athens Chilesburg Elementary, recently was named a 2014 National Young Achiever of the Year. He and one other winner from North Carolina each received a certificate and a check for $500 from the International Leadership Network (ILN). They were among 21 outstanding students honored as 2014 National Young Achievers, along with Kacie Hughes of Eydthe J. Hayes Middle, William Feese of Morton Middle and Kamilah Raglan of Tates Creek Elementary School.
Graham was selected as a school-wide winner this past spring. The Lexinginton Young Achievers program submitted his name for ILN consideration. The International Leadership Network is a nonprofit that aims to empower young people to succeed. Its Young Achievers program recognizes students who are positive role models, competent scholars and good citizens. Graham, Kacie, William and Kamilah were among the fifth- and eighth-grade honorees for 2013-2014 in Fayette County Schools.
Graham will continue in the Student Technology Leadership Program this fall at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. He has made the Eastern All-Stars Select Baseball team since last summer, competed and received 1st place in the Regional and District Science Fair, and continues to volunteer for God’s Pantry Food Banks Kid’s Backpack program fundraiser. Graham hopes to attend the private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts (M.I.T) and pursue a major dealing with technology.
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