Hillsborough County to Present Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 30, 2021) - The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners will present the Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards) to recognize six outstanding young people at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, at the start of the Board's regular meeting.

The YEA! Awards recognize three middle school and three high school students in Hillsborough County who display initiative, innovation, and commitment to themselves and others, while pursuing leadership excellence.

YEA! Awards categories:

  • Success Despite Difficult Odds - Overcoming personal difficulty to attain success and make a positive impact on others
  • Leadership - Demonstrating a positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, or the arts
  • Volunteer or Community Service - Allocating discretionary time to help others or completing a project that improves the community

This year's YEA! Awards recipients are:

Success Despite Difficult Odds
Titus Thien Nguyen, Burns Middle School
Jade Athina Stafford, Armwood High School

Afton Kinkade, Stewart Middle Magnet School
Shanya Luke, Lennard High School

Volunteer or Community Service
Haili Smith, Farnell Middle School
Nicholas Michelini, Town 'N Country Christian Academy

About the YEA! Awards
The YEA! Awards were created in 2010 to recognize Hillsborough County students for making a difference in their communities through leadership in academics, community service, athletics, performing arts, conservation, and other areas.

For more information about the YEA! Awards, go to



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