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Youth association commends 96 for good deeds

June 30, 2010 - Orion Area Youth Assistance honored 96 deserving youth from across the community at their 17th annual Youth Recognition Ceremony, held at Lake Orion High School, April 29.

The keynote speakers for the ceremony were District Court Judges Lisa Asadoorian, Nancy Towlin Carniak and Julie Nicholson. Orion Township and Lake Orion School officials were also on hand.

All of the speakers praised the record number of honorees, saying that they help make the community a much better place.

The ceremony was sponsored by Oxford Bank and Skalnek Ford of Lake Orion.

The mission of OAYA is to "strengthen families and you, and reduce the incidence of delinquency abuse and neglect through community involvement."

OAYA is sponsored by the Oakland County Circuit Court/Family Division, Lake Orion Schools, Orion Township, and the Village of Lake Orion.

The following three youth received special honors. (See our online edition for the entire list of honorees.)

Thomas Johnson

Johnson volunteered his time at Orion Area Youth Assistance outing and fundraisers since he was six-years-old. For nearly five years, he's helped set up, clean up, and put the finishing touches on many events sponsored by OAYA

Rebecca Fix

Fix volunteered countless hours of her time to the Orion and world communities. She has gone on two summer-long mission trips to Guatemala as well as two two-week trips. She also helps out at Christ the King Jr. High Youth Group with fundraising, kitchen help, waitressing, and acting in dinner theater.

Amber Gorman

A very intelligent and helpful individual. She has volunteered several hours helping the Library Children's Program as well as helping a community kitchen on Christmas Day.

Other honorees include:

Christ the Redeemer Church

Students have participated in the 30 Hour Famine, Spring Break Mission, and Summer Mission

Caroline Andridge

Timothy Andridge

Nick Balavich

Alan Doody

Glen Doody

Sean Doody

Kathryn Havtilla

Hannah Kish

Ashlee Krystek

Lauren Miller

Desiree Pruett

Sibonet Pruett

United Methodist Church of Lake Orion

Students volunteered with YESS Program Youth Leader, International Youth Trip, UMC Chrysalis, Project SHALOM and many other activities.

Jake Gleason

Jason Aeillo

Thomas D'Ambrosio

Julia Dorey

Rebecca Dow

Kate Hanson

Alyssa Katz

James Leigh

Jeff Slavick

Kenny Trafton

Kara Witherspoon

Natalie Ayre

Megan Becker

Camden Burk

Lance Dargavell

Elliot Jarvis

Taylor Jongerkrijg

Danny Keener

Brad Matola

Sarah Rose

Paige Stephens

Bridget Walton

Amy Wells

Karen Wells

Courtney Wilson

Project ALERT Teen Leader Program

High School Students are the optimal communicators with 7th grade students to help with healthy living choices as they continue to grow into high school students.

Jade Cummins

Bryce Cummins

Emilee Beckman

Katelyn Webb

Kylie Arnold

Melanie Hollander

Rachel Saylor

Katie Farrington

Michelle Calcaterra

Brianna Meadows

Natalie Fiorani

Andrea Sector

Mindy Stubbs

Abigale Lennox

Kylie Hess

Orion Township Public Library

These students participate in the Teen Advisory Board and help put books away as well as help in the children section of the library after school and during the summer.

Sara Boots

Matthew Clarke

Antonio Gurgel

Phoebe Holmes

Marisa Martini

Trenton Olds

Katie Raker

Austin Saxton

Makenzie Shea

Shayda Soraya

Andrea Ventola

Kyle Young

Jennifer Chevrier

Sarah Donetti

Mike Hale

Jessica Loxley-Smith

Nolan Long

Sarah Quattrochi

Becca Ryan

Kaelin Shea

Parisa Soraya

Anna Tierny

Evelyn Ventola

X-TEND Mentor

Building relationships with at-risk middle school students.

Jackie Aksten

Kasey Buchholz

Catherine Chan

Susie Corker

Tyler Failla

Kristina Geiger

Corey Hodge

Jordan Houston

Zarina Klem

Olivia Kullman

Chad Kyre

Nick Pervolarakis

Avery Shiel

Morgan VanAmeyde

Jon White

Kara Witherspoon

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