FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21st Century Leaders Announces Winners of the 2017
Georgia Youth Leadership Awards
Top 20 High School Students Selected by Georgia Corporate Professionals for Outstanding Leadership
(February 11, 2017) Atlanta, GA – 21st Century Leaders, a Georgia-based non-profit youth leadership and talent development program, honored and celebrated the top 20 youth leaders selected for the 9th annual Georgia Youth Leadership Awards on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Since 2008, 21st Century Leader’s (21CL), in partnership with business and civic leaders, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, recognizes 20 outstanding high school students throughout Georgia who have made a significant impact on their schools, communities and beyond.
First the first time, 21 students were selected with two brothers being awarded as a duo for their non-profit. This year’s winners include entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, philanthropists, app creators, and community advocates who truly represent the diversity of Georgia with students from Atlanta to Chickamauga, Colquitt County to Terrell County – all in high school. The nominated students were carefully chosen by a 19-member selection committee; comprised of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 members, 21CL Board of Directors, 21CL alumni, 21CL corporate partners and 21CL student peers. 21st Century Leaders is proud to announce the following 20 outstanding youth leaders for the 2017 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards:
- Veda Balaji – Lassiter High School, Class of 2019
- Roopsha Bandopadhyay – Milton High School, Class of 2017
- Amal Bhatnagar – Northview High School, Class of 2017
- N’Nasseri Carew-Johnson – Westlake High School, Class of 2017
- Alviez Chagan – Grayson High School, Class of 2017
- Sekou Foley – Mount Pisgah Christian School, Class of 2017
- Dalton Green – Gordon Lee High School, Class of 2017
- Xavier & Edward Holliday – Westminster Schools, Class of 2018 & 2017
- Alexis Law – Terrell High School, Class of 2018
- Patricia Mitchell – Colquitt County High School, Class of 2018
- Cecily Mohammed – Chattahoochee High School, Class of 2018
- Skylar Nicholson – Central Education Center, Class of 2017
- Festus Ojo – Westlake High School, Class of 2017
- Jordan Purcell – Arabia Mountain High School, Class of 2017
- Vikram Ruppa-Kasani – Chattahoochee High School, Class of 2018
- Shreya Shah – Walton High School, Class of 2017
- Austin Sharpe – Alexander High School, Class of 2017
- Lauren Smith – Harris County High School, Class of 2017
- Christopher Weaver – Lovett School, Class of 2017
- Alvin Winston, II – Charles R. Drew Charter School, Class of 2017
The students were honored at the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards on Saturday, February, 2017 at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta with this year’s host, WSB-TV Chief Bureau, Tony Thomas. Through corporate sponsors, each youth leader was presented with a $250 mini-grant, with one student awarded the Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award. The Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award is the event’s top award, which includes a $1,000 mini-grant from the leading sponsor, Turner. This year’s recipient went to Vikram Ruppa-Kasani from Chattahoochee High School with his work through his initiative Buddies for Senior, which teaches technology to senior citizens.
21st Century Leaders Board of Directors also presented, for the first time, the “Spirit of Leadership Award,” to long time board member and volunteer Kathy Solley, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLC. Selected by the board of directors, this recipient truly embodies the qualities of and passion for leadership.
For more information about the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards and the photo gallery, please visit www.21stcenturyleaders.org. All proceeds from the event support 21st Century Leaders’ ongoing efforts to provide youth leadership and talent development programs for high school students across the state of Georgia.
The 2017 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards sponsors include Turner, Ampcus, Benevolink, Cox Communications, Emory University Goizueta Business School, Georgia Power, HD Supply, MSL Group, ZeroChaos, Alston & Bird, Nelson Mullins, Nordson, TalentQuest, Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, Slalom, Thriveworks, Steve Cave, and Tyrone Johnson.
About 21st Century Leaders
Since 1991, 21st Century Leaders has served more than 10,000 diverse high school students from over 250 Georgia high schools. 21st Century Leaders is a collaboration of business and professional leaders inspiring high school students to take on leadership positions, seek out opportunities and give back to their communities by connecting them a diverse group of enthusiastic peers, passionate professionals and powerful ideas, transforming their skills, attitudes, and abilities through training and hands-on experiences.
21st Century Leaders is also currently accepting student applications into their leadership and development program and for their three summer leadership institutes for the 2017 summer. The summer leadership institutes are one-week programs on college campuses hosted by our corporate partners and business professionals. 21CL accepts rising sophomore, juniors and seniors. For more information about 21st Century Leaders, visit www.21stcenturyleaders.org.
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