RICHMOND, Ky. (July 23, 2018) — Lexington Catholic High School junior Lilly Meekin and home school junior Hannah Snyder were named “Youth Leaders of the Year” during awards ceremonies held May 6 at Eastern Kentucky University. Amber Philpott, co-anchor for WKYT, was the MC for the event.
Lilly Meekin, daughter of Brien and Julie Meekin, was named Lexington’s 2018 Youth Leader of the Year. She received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, provided by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Conference at Washington University in St. Louis.
Lilly Meekin is the founder of Farm to Table. She has served as overall chairperson of Dance Blue and class representative of the Service Club. She is Diversity Club secretary, Latin Club secretary, homeroom representative, student ambassador and a member of the Beta Club. She sings in the choir, A cappella group and is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also active in sports, her church and the community. She has received numerous state and national awards.
Hannah Snyder, daughter of Steve and Nancy Snyder, was named 2018 Central Kentucky Youth Leader of the Year. She received a $500 scholarship plus an all-expense paid trip, provided by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Snyder has served on the Kentucky 4-H State Teen Council and as secretary and vice president of the Jessamine County 4-H Teen Council. She has served on the Yearbook Committee and student leadership for the Bluegrass United Academic Center. She is also active in sports, her church and the community. She has received numerous state and national awards.
Four other students (Anna Marie Gilligan, Henry Clay; Andrew Sisson, Model Lab; Niran Chattha, Lafayette and Jonathan Tanaka, Trinity Christian Academy) will join Meekin and Snyder and other Youth Salute leaders from across the nation at the four day event October 20 – 23, 2018 and will compete for national awards.
Individual school winners, from among 830 outstanding high school juniors, from Central Kentucky high schools were recognized at the “Youth Salute” awards ceremony. This is the 38th year for the awards to be given. The top 45 school winners are: Anderson County, Sadie Burge; Bath County, McKenna N. Moore; Berea Community, Suraya Allisyn Smith; Bourbon County, Noah Mitchell; Boyle County, Vanita Fitzwater; Bryan Station, Jacob Dean Tellman; Carter G. Woodson Academy,Thomas Grey-Lewis; Casey County, Bailey Caudill; Danville, Morgan Vest; East Jessamine, Andrea Li; Estill County; Kiely Flynn; Fleming County, Lauren Hill; Frankfort, Ben Rome; Frankfort Christian Academy, Kelsey Woods; Franklin County, Julie Grace Blackburn; Frederick Douglass, Lexi Sarrett; Garrard County, Oceana Pruden-Scott; George Rogers Clark, Brooklyn Johnson; Harrison County, Christen Smith; Henry Clay, Anna Marie Gilligan; Home School, Hannah Snyder; Lafayette, Niran Chattha; Lewis County, Neisha Simonetti; Lexington Catholic, Lilly Meekin; Lexington Christian Academy, Madeline Howard; Lexington Latin School, Aisley Stuebs; Lincoln County, Journey Edann Wooten; Madison Central, Grace Mattingly; Madison Southern, Robert Lee Mills IV; Model Lab, Andrew Warren Sisson; Montgomery County, Jillian Rush; Nicholas County, Jenna Ishmael; Owen County, Hannah Johnson; Paris, Deanna Long; Paul Laurence Dunbar, Angus Maske; Rockcastle County, Miranda Gooch; Sayre, Lauren Carter; Scott County, Abby Hooven; Shelby County, Sarandan Paige Donovan; STEAM Academy, Mikayla Clayborne; Tates Creek, Ala Hassan; Trinity Christian Academy, Jonathan M. Tanaka; West Jessamine, Karis Ann Sandefur; Western Hills , Haley Nelson and Woodford County, Anna Manges.