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.)
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
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.
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
United Methodist Church of Lake Orion
Students volunteered with YESS Program Youth Leader, International Youth Trip, UMC Chrysalis, Project SHALOM and many other activities.
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.
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.
Building relationships with at-risk middle school students.