Sixteen students who live in Phoenix or attend schools in the city have been chosen to receive 2023 Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year awards.
The awards, presented earlier this month at the Phoenix Country Club, recognize high school students “for their outstanding achievements and positive contributions to society,” a release stated.
Two students from each council district received $500 and were eligible to become the citywide winner. The two overall winners were awarded an additional $1,500.
The overall winners were Lucas Hernandez of Sunnyslope High School and Jaime Lauriano, Independence High School.
Each student applied for the award by submitting a nomination form, essay, recommendation letter and took part in selection interviews.
All the winners are listed:
Pravneet Chadha, Mountain Ridge High School
Brendan Salisbury, Barry Goldwater High School
Alok Shah, Pinnacle High School
Paige Hill, Pinnacle High School
Samuel Benavidez, North Phoenix Preparatory Academy
Lucas Hernandez, Sunnyslope High School
Abigail Pearson, Xavier College Preparatory
Sonya Colattur, Xavier College Preparatory
Jaime Lauriano, Independence High School
Victoria Vences Mendez, Trevor G. Browne High School
Sanya Somani, Phoenix Country Day School
Catherine Dunn, Chaparral High School
Spencer Harrison, Maricopa Institute of Technology
Natalie Parra Miguel, Metropolitan Arts Institute
Hannah Salaz, Betty H. Fairfax
Viviana York, Phoenix Coding Academy