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Youth Excellence and Achievement Award, YEA! Award
The YEA! Awards were created in 2010 to recognize Hillsborough County students for making a difference in their community. Students honored show initiative, innovation, and a commitment to themselves and others, while pursuing excellence in a leadership capacity. This can be demonstrated in academics, community service, athletics, performing arts, conservation, or other areas.

Nominations are reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women. The award is presented annually at a Board of County Commissioners in spring.

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YEA! Award Categories

  • Leadership - demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, or the arts
  • Success Despite Difficult Odds - overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and to make a positive impact on others
  • Volunteer or Community Service - allocating discretionary time to help others or complete a project that has improved our community

2014 Award Recipients


Success Despite Difficult Odds

Volunteer or Community Service

2013 Award Recipients

  • Savannah Shaw - Middle School
  • Nicholas Rodriguez - High School

Success Despite Difficult Odds
  • Zachary Foyt - Middle School
  • Ana Gomez - High School

Community Service
  • Avalon Theisen - Middle School
  • Zack Aldridge - High School