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.