YOUR NEWS: Arapahoe County Commissioners recognize 17 teens for serving as positive role models

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY | Arapahoe County Commissioners and local mayors and city council members recently honored 17 teenagers from area high schools during the Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award Program recognition ceremony, including two Aurora students.

The Commissioners awarded nine college scholarships totaling $13,000 to youths who they feel have overcome significant personal adversity

Commissioners Kathleen Conti, Nancy Sharpe, Jeff Baker, Nancy Jackson and Bill Holen were joined by Englewood Mayor Joe Jefferson, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Aurora Mayor Pro Tem Angela Lawson and Littleton Councilman Doug Clark to recognize and honor this inspirational group of young adults.

The annual awards program honors and recognizes Arapahoe County youth who have risen to meet challenges while maintaining academic excellence and a positive attitude, and serving as role models for other teens. They are nominated by school counselors, teachers, mentors and parents.

The teens recognized in 2017 have overcome challenging situations, such as living with economic hardship or a disability; overcoming physical or emotional challenges; providing financial or emotional support to family members; caring for a sick or elderly parent, sibling or friend; losing or living without a parent or sibling; or having English spoken as a second language at home.

The three Aurora students honored by Arapahoe County in 2017 include Sahmyah Kelley of Hinkley High School and Johnathan Kade Miller of Regis Jesuit High School.

Annually, the Colorado Community College System Financial Aid Council awards one scholarship per county. This year, the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners solicited donations to fund additional scholarships and were able to award $13,000 in grants.

Scholarships were awarded to nine graduating seniors, including Hinkley High School honoree Kelley.

The event was held at the Mayo Aviation Center hangar at Centennial Airport.