The Tifton Exchange Club will recognize 12 of the area’s top high school seniors as Youth of the Year Finalists at Monday’s noon luncheon held at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The seniors were judged on the basis of their extracurricular activities, grades, short and a longer essays on "Parading the Spirit of Community Service with Passion and Commitment." A point system has been assigned to each of the categories. Points were averaged to determine the winner.
All participants will receive plaques and a monetary award in recognition of their achievements. The student chosen as the “Youth of the Year” by the Exchange Club of Tifton will receive a plaque and a $500 scholarship to be used to further their education.
Students competing for the award are: Carmen Chee, daughter of Peng and Gunar Chee; Kelsie Belan, daughter of Kent and Lisa Belan; Mary Shoup, daughter of Tom and Gail Shoup; and Melanie Beeman, daughter of Marie Abad and Michael Beeman. These students are all Tift County High School students.
Tiftarea Academy students competing are Jarrett McWhorter, daughter of Ricky and Andi McWhorter, Caitlyn Albritton, daughter of Michael and Connie Albritton; Christopher Gravitt, son of Ryan and Denise Gravitt, Bree Harper, daughter of Terry and Paula Harper; Alexandra Rippy, daughter of Robert and Natalie Rippy; Dalton Hancock, son of Bill and Tonja Hancock; Hannah Chyzik, daughter of James and Shirley Mead; and Rainee Baker, daughter of Robbie and Paige Baker.
The Exchange Club is appreciative of the cooperation and assistance of Dr. Larry Creamer, dean of Students at Tiftarea Academy and Tara Miller, Guidance Department at Tift County High School.