By: ROGER ALFORD Associated Press Writer
May 24, 2013
Several students, area businesses and leaders were honored at the annual end of the year banquet for the Pike County Youth Leadership Council held May 19 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.
Awards given by Sponsor Rosalind Stanley included Andrew Bevins, a senior at Belfry High School, received the highest award given to a graduating male—The Colby Khoshreza Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership.
Andrew has been a member of PCYLC all four years of high school and has served as a board member and officer. The “Colby” Award is named for a former three-term PCYLC President.
The Board Member of the Year Award went to Dalton Hatfield, a sophomore from Belfry, who currently serves as Vice-President of PCYLC. The Council Member of the Year went to Eashwar Soma, a sophomore from Belfry, who recently joined the Board of Directors and became an officer, Publicist, on the same day.
Emory Awards are given to the outstanding Council Member at each high school.
They were given to: Belfry - Caroline Hatfield, East Ridge-Andrea Carter, Phelps - Kennedy Hager, Pike Central-Douglas “Eli” Rowe, Pikeville - Pranay Patel, and Shelby Valle y- Mason Johnson.
PCYLC President Krishna Ammisetty recognized several students with special certificates including:
Most Amicable: Iman Ali- senior at Pikeville and Katie Thacker-senior at Shelby Valley, Independent Thinker-sophomore -Pranay Patel-Pikeville, Reliance AwardMason Johnson and Trent Tackett- seniors at Shelby Valley, Horizon Award-Allanah Little-freshman at East Ridge, and Innovation Award-Eashwar Soma- sophomore, Belfry.
Community Awards went to: Belo Mine Supply-Business Partner of the Year, Community Partner of the Year-Rick Branham, and Consultant of the Year-Kelli Thompson.
Each student who served in PCYLC during the 2012-13 school year was given a diploma.
The Pike County Youth Leadership Council is comprised of youth leaders from each high school in the Pike County School District and Pikeville High School. It is a student-led, student-maintained and student-governed organization whose foundation is built on three tenets—community service, leadership training and public advocacy.