Help save the planet or volunteer to water flowers. It’s just the kind of things island teens do.
Bainbridge Youth Services held its 12th Annual Compassionate Action Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18. In a packed room at the Bethany Lutheran Church, teens were honored for their good works over the past year in front of their friends and families.
“This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the youth in our community,” said Faith Chapel, superintendent of the Bainbridge Island School District. “It says what you value as a community.”
One by one, island teens stood up from their seats and were given an award recognizing their good deeds. Some teens volunteered at the historical museum or with the Boys & Girls Club. Others shared their smiles with downtown visitors over the summer.
All the teens recognized, stood out from the crowd for their remarkable giving character.
Young islanders honored included Tyler Cox, who volunteers at Ordway Elementary School; Chiara D’Angelo-Patricio, who works with Earth Service Corps and spoke out in support of the plastic bag ban in front of the city council; Cassandra Druker, who works with the Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club; Christina Goessman, who was nominated for her work with Washington Explorer Search and Rescue; Emma Gray, for her work with Bainbridge High School and the Bainbridge High School Library; Dylan Lehotsky, for his work with the Bainbridge Island Little League; and Hannah Minson, for her work with the Bainbridge High School Theater program.
Some teens, such as Lehotsky, took the stage twice for their involvement with island groups. Lehotsky also helped organize the flower basket project along Winslow Way and kept the plants watered over the summer with friends Paris Amore, Chase Lehotsky, Katey Hamlin, Will Houser, Katie Merritt and Kit Patterson.
Other groups honored included the Kenya Health Survey Team of Sarah Berschinski, Eliza Brown, Grace Burgin, Milan Chang, Anna Chiado, Dan Drewey, Davin Fitzgerald, Ashley Hufnagle, Nick King, Leah Mulholland, Chris Matthews, Casey McKay, Madeline Minore, Matt Paxson, Rachael Self, Marielle Summers and Margaret Turner; Hyla Middle School students who worked with the Housing Resource Board, including Rose Bandrowski, Audrey Flour, Julia Goessman, Curren Hamlet, Ben Hauptman, Greta Huber, Sydney Marler and Remy Tait; and Make Some Noise/Cure Kids Cancer’s Alexa Ardia, Tara Bieber, Orion Black-Brown, Tally Black-Brown, Ali Blake, Maxsena Butler, Christy Carley, Walker Hauptman, Kaegan Ingrasei, Ben LaRoche, Max LaRoche, Kyra Wortly and Regan Wortly.
Other honorees included the 2012 Island Ambassadors who helped provide information to visitors to the island and more, students such as Aerin Amore, Ariana Felkey, Jenny Han, Sarah Horder, Julie Ischer, Olivia Marler, Olivia Peolquin, Sonnet Pradel, Genny Sawyer, Emma Spickard, Isabelle Staff and Cappy Yarbrough; the TOPSoccer program’s Mafalda Borges, Tyler Cox, Nicholas Dresel, Edward Wilson and Zander Welch; and The M.O.B. (Musicians of Bainbridge), a group of teens who organized a benefit concert for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter including Emily Rose, Kelsey Gonwick, Adrian Groves, Jackson Groves, Peyton Lakich, Emma Loftus, Ricky Perry, Maddie Roger and Mike Rose.
Bainbridge Youth Services has offered counseling and other programs to the island’s youth since 1962.