City Council salutes best of Bristol's youth

Published on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:23


BRISTOL- The City Council recognized some of Bristol’s outstanding young people Tuesday during its 26th annual Youth Recognition Awards.

“The purpose of these awards are to recognize and encourage the many positive contributions that young people are making to help their neighborhoods and communities,” said Catherine Cassin, chairwoman of the Bristol Youth Commission. “Our goal is to tap into the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of young people and establish an ongoing system of outstanding volunteer service to their neighbors and community for the next generation.

Recipients of individual awards were Jacob Nelson, 18, Stanley Cardona, 16, Quinn Vontell, 16, Lexi Mia Gosselin, 15 and Joy Harris, 16.

Nelson is president of the InterACT club at Bristol Central High School, the National Honor Society and the Family Promise program at his church, preparing meals and creating activities for homeless families.

Cardona put in more than 300 hours helping children with their homework as part of the “Power Hour” program at the Bristol Boys & Girls Club.

Vontell dedicated more than 250 hours of service to Bristol Hospital, assisting with delivering mail and supplies as well as doing safety checks on at-risk patients while creating and bringing them get well cards.

Gosselin volunteered 80 hours with the Myles Gosselin Foundation to support education and opportunities for teenagers and 36 hours to Christmas Wish Connecticut, which shops for gifts for children from needy families.

Harris is a member of the Bristol Youth Commission and volunteered at the local senior center, where she made gingerbread houses with seniors. She also volunteers with a kindergarten class at a city elementary school. She assisted in developing a workshop for the True Colors annual conference at the University of Connecticut and represents the youth sector at B.E.S.T. 4 Bristol Drug Free Community events.

The Kids in the Middle club at Chippens Hill Middle School and West Bristol Middle School was also recognized for a combined 1,200 hours of volunteer service at several community events and with community organizations.

“It is the duty of all citizens to recognize and encourage our youth volunteers,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu as she read a proclamation. “The individual youth receiving recognition have demonstrated outstanding volunteer efforts and unselfishly helped others. They are dedicated to the betterment of our community.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:23. Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:25.