The Town of Tonawanda Youth Board recognized the accomplishments of youth and adults who work with youth from across the Ken-Ton Community at their 42nd Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 9.
High schools in the community each nominated one student to be recognized as an outstanding youth: John Abramo, Kenmore East High School; Jillian Weaver, Mount St. Mary Academy; Diana Dolan, Cardinal O’Hara High School; Sheila Guetti, Kenmore West High School; Isha Sathe, Sweet Home High School; and Connor Brace, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Isha Sathe was presented with the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award.
The top five Youth Engaged in Service (Y.E.S.) volunteers were also recognized, collectively earning 418 hours of community service in 2016: Nathaniel Breeze, 127 hours; Nicholas Thompson, 95 hours; Louis Deluca, 84 hours; PJ Rubach, 59.25 hours; and Jessica Thompson, 52.25 hours.
Del Reid, founder of 26 Shirts and of #BillsMafia fame, was the keynote speaker for the evening and was also surprised with the Community Service Award for his work in our community, raising money for families and organizations in need by selling sports or Buffalo-themed t-shirts.
The Brian Dugan Outstanding Teacher Award was given to Peter Stuhlmiller of Kenmore West. Ken Voght was recognized with the Joseph Allen, Jr. Service to Youth Award for his work in coaching, administrating, and advocating for soccer. Greg Wilcocks, who has coached youth baseball, hockey, and soccer for 21 years, received the Robert Swift Volunteer Service to Youth Award.
Youth Board student representative Matthew Adams of Sweet Home High School, who will be graduating this year, was also recognized for his service as a board member.