Anna Claire Schaefer a Shelby County High School Senior and Wylie Caudill a Harrison County High School Senior were named to a list of “Top 10 Finalists” for the national awards ceremonies held Tuesday, October 20, 2014 at “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” Awards Banquet held in St. Louis, MO sponsored by the National Council on Youth Leadership and Washington University. Anna and Wylie received a $200 award from the National Council on Youth Leadership which is the parent organization for all “Youth Salute” programs in the United States.
As part of the local “Youth Salute” program, sponsored by Holifield Photography, both seniors were winners of the all-expense-paid trip to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO called “Town Meeting on Tomorrow”. They were joined by other Youth Salute leaders from across the nation at the four day event October 18 – 21, 2014 held in cooperation with Washington University. Other “Youth Salute” seniors from the Central Kentucky program to attend the conference were Sahil Nair, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Tyler Price, Madison Southern High School, Lauren Harper, Lexington Catholic High School and Nicole Fielder, West Jessamine High School.
In May, Anna was also named “2014 Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year” by the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership in an awards ceremony held at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. From the local program, Anna won a $500 scholarship and the recent trip to St. Louis. Sahil Nair was named “2014 Lexington Youth Leader of the Year” at the same ceremony and received a $500 scholarship and the trip to St. Louis.
The local “Youth Salute” is conducted annually through the National Council on Youth Leadership in cooperation with the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. “Students must be nominated by their high school counselors, teachers, principals and other community leaders to participate in Youth Salute,” said Jim Holifield, Chairman of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. “All nominees must be high school juniors at the time they are nominated, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have been chosen by their peers or an adult leader for at least two (2) leadership roles in school, religious or community sponsored organizations during the past two years” said Holifield.
The students honored in “Youth Salute” are recognized with newspaper, television and radio salutes and photographic displays by Holifield Photography at Fayette Mall, shopping centers and schools. A leadership seminar featuring Olympic Trainer and Fortune 500 Company Motivator, Carole Harder is held for students the same day as the local “Youth Salute” Awards Ceremony at a local college each year. Asbury University, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College host the event on a rotating basis. Collectively these four colleges award $80,000 in scholarships each year to top “Youth Salute” students. An additional $10,000 in scholarships and awards is provided by area businesses.