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2018-05-16 / Local News

Annual Youth Board Awards recognize youth, adults

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Board recognized the accomplishments of youth and adults who work with youth from across the Ken-Ton community at its 41st annual awards dinner on Thursday.

“It is always inspiring to meet and hear about these incredible youth and the adults who work with youth in our community,” said Dan Crangle, Town of Tonawanda councilman and chairman of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

High schools in the community each nominated one student to be recognized as an outstanding youth: McKinley Falkowski, Kenmore East High School; Kha Nguyen, Mount St. Mary Academy; Capriana Romanini, Cardinal O’Hara High School; Sarah Denman, Kenmore West High School; Brian Lovering, Sweet Home High School; Emily Bartee, Ken-Ton Career and Technical Center; and Jacob McLaughlin, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

Sarah Denman was presented with the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award.

The top five Youth Engaged in Service volunteers were also recognized, collectively earning 478 hours of community service in 2016: Nathaniel Breeze, 133.5 hours; Louis Deluca, 128.75 hours; Nicholas Thompson, 91.5 hours; Ryan Aus, 73.75 hours; and Katie Horvath, 54.5 hours.

Christopher Panepinto, campus minister at St. Joe’s, received the Joseph Allen Jr. Service to Youth Award for going above and beyond what is expected of an instructor.

According to the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, he was also honored for inspiring students and community members by bringing energy to each day, seeking out positive interactions with all those around him, and trying to be a positive role model like the faculty were for him when he attended St. Joe’s.

Regina Fron received the Robert Swift Volunteer Service to Youth Award for her volunteer work with the Kenmore West football, baseball, softball and basketball booster clubs; managing fundraisers; running the concession stand at games; and organizing end-of-year celebrations. Fron strives to provide positive experiences and memories for not just her own children, but all the children and their families.

The Brian Dugan Outstanding Teacher Award went to Matthew Hellerer from St. Joe’s for putting his best efforts into preparing students for their futures, always being willing to help with chemistry before or after school and tapping into his coaching background to better explain a concept to a student.

Student representatives graduating from the Youth Board this year were also recognized for their service: Lucinda Malkiewicz of Kenmore West, Claire Cavarello of Mount St. Mary Academy and Nora Hassan of Kenmore East.

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