Savannah Leone, a 2022 graduate from Shadow Ridge High School, received the Youth Kindness Achievement Award from the Be Kind People Project.
Recipients are chosen based on how their kindness and leadership skills have been demonstrated among their peers and celebrates young people who shine in their communities.
Savannah received the honor at a recent Be Kind People Project awards ceremony for an event she hosted at Shadow Ridge. The Dysart Unified School District honored her at its May 25 governing board meeting.
You Matter Week was a school-wide celebration throughout campus built on the idea that everyone matters and no one is alone. The event brought all students together to show that everyone should be seen and be heard.
Student names were written on cards throughout the halls and student and staff hosted “Ted Talks” to share how they’ve grown in their journey in life.
Leone shared an excerpt below from her acceptance speech.
“I live life embracing my strengths so that I can fulfill my individual purpose. I undoubtedly believe that my responsibility on this earth is to make a difference and change lives. I’ve made it my mission to make sure everyone feels loved and included and that they belong.”
Throughout her high school career, Leone participated in various activities including soccer, cheer, football, tennis, student council, best buddies program, lacrosse and dance. She will attend the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University to study sociology and criminology.
The Be Kind People Project is a public 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to providing students with comprehensive youth development programming that effectively uses a positive approach.