Youth Awards

Youth Awards

Youth of the Year, Junior and Senior
 
The City of St. John’s Junior and Senior Youth of the Year Awards were developed by the Municipal Advisory Committee on Youth (M.A.C.Y), and is open to St. John’s residents between the ages of 12 to 18 years-old. The Youth of the Year Awards are designed to honour young people in the city, who through their volunteer contributions, extracurricular activities and community involvement have helped to make St. John’s a better place to live.
 
Each winner receives a recognition award as well as a cash award sponsored by Ron Ellsworth. Awards were presented during the Annual Youth Week Luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2019 Junior Youth of the Year Jack White and Senior Youth of the Year Anna James.
 

Junior 2019: Jack White

Jack White, a grade nine student at Baconfield Junior High is an outstanding academic, leader, musician and volunteer. Jack is on the Principals List, maintaining above 90 per cent grade average, won numerous Hertiage Fairs and public speaking awards and an award-winning math competitor.

Jack has extensively volunteered his time both at school, and in the community through the Global Leadership Team, Breakfast Program, school announcements, outdoor clean ups and events set ups. He spends time fundraising for thanksgiving food hampers and the Terry Fox run. Jack's awareness efforts include LGBTQ and anti-bullying campaigns.

Jack also finds time to participate in Young Liberals, Youth Masses at Corpus Chisti by serving as a reader, Encounters with Canada, Robotics Team, WE Day, Duke of Edinburgh program and the Aquarena Lifeguard Program.

Jack enjoys playing the trumpet, piano, participating in musical theatre and has been selected for the Atlantic Boy Choir and National Boy Choir of Canada.

His teacher quotes "what makes him really stand out as a student and young man is his big heart. Jack cares deeply for his teachers, fellow students, people in the community and his environment. There is no job too big for him and he welcomes every challenge with an eager disposition and a big smile."

Senior 2019:  Anna James

Anna is a grade 12 student at St. Bonaventure's College and on the Presidents Honour List maintaining above 90 per cent grade average.

Anna is an outstanding student who is quite involved in her school as Student Council President, Retreat Leader, Tutor, Cantor and Director and Mentor school Camerata, junior high choir.

In the community Anna volunteers her time serving breakfast at The Gathering Place, Computers for Seniors Program, is a dance teachers assistance and participated in a service trip to El Salvador.

Amoung Annas many achievements are founding the nonprofit organization called "Share Music", Kiwanis Music Festival Vocal Rose Bowl winner, scholarship recipient, numerous speak off awards, and awards for the highest marks in the province for Conservatory Canada Theory, History and voice exams.

Annas training and skill development includes completing Montreal Leadeship Camp, Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, Ignatian Family Teach in for Justice in Washington, DC and completing Gold Duke of Edinburgh.

Anna also finds time to teach and take voice, piano and theory lessons, has participated in more than 20 musicals, plays on several teams including Newfoundland Provincial Soccer, St. John's Rep, school cross country, tennis and badminton.

At such a young age, Anna has an excellent record of leadership but more than that she is a genuine person who truly cares about people, her school and her community.