2018 Youth Achievement Awards

2018 Youth Achievement Award Recipients

The Youth Achievement Awards were established by the Centennial Youth Commission to recognize youth in the City that make a contribution and have an impact on their community.

This year, three high school students were recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership with a $1,000 scholarship award contributed by SAFEbuilt Colorado and the Centennial Youth Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Spencer Christensen - Mr. Christensen is a senior at Arapahoe High School. He serves on the National Leadership Council whose mission is to foster leadership qualities, spiritual growth and cultivate service. On a mission trip, Mr. Christensen helped build a senior citizen dining room and taught English to students in Guatemala. He also has served as an after school tutor, a Link Crew member to mentor freshman at Arapahoe High School, and has volunteered for Littleton Stride races to help raise money for the Littleton Public Schools Foundation.  Mr. Christensen has helped over 700 children with resources and reading opportunities by volunteering 500 hours at Southglenn Library. Last year he was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for his volunteer service to the community. 

• Rafael Levy-Diner - Mr. Levy-Diner is a senior at Arapahoe High School. Mr. Levy-Diner volunteers serving food at the Denver Rescue Mission. He also plays croquet, through the Jiminy Wicket program, with older adults who have dementia. He developed a close relationship with one of the participants and volunteered his time outside of the program for weekly visits even as the man’s disease progressed resulting in several different housing moves. Mr. Levy-Diner currently serves as President of the Arapahoe High School Key Club and the Class Representative for the Littleton School and District Accountability Committee.

• Allie Wennerstrom - Ms. Wennerstrom is a senior at Arapahoe High School. She has volunteered for three years as a peer intern helping provide individual instruction to fellow students. Ms. Wennerstrom has volunteered at Camp Barnabas, a program dedicated to helping students with special needs and volunteered on a mission trip to Mexico. She serves as a coach for the Arapahoe High School Unified Basketball team, helping students with physical and mental disabilities. As a junior, she started the Arapahoe High School Unified Track team and recruited local police officers, fire fighters and area businesses to support the new group. Ms. Wennerstrom also serves as volunteer for students with autism and speech impediments at the Joshua School.

2017 Youth Achievement Award Recipients 

In 2017, six high school students were recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership with a $500 scholarship award contributed by SAFEbuilt Colorado and the Centennial Youth Commission.


  • Trevor Brown - Mr. Brown is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. He served as a volunteer counselor leader for children with special needs at Camp Barnabas. He was the Co-Chairman of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year campaign and served as a volunteer partner athlete on both Unified Lacrosse and Basketball teams. Mr. Brown also spent time as Children’s Ministry volunteer and vacation bible school leader at Greenwood Community Church. 
  • Cameron Carr - Ms. Carr is a freshman at Arapahoe High School. She currently serves as a tutor and mentor at East Elementary school. She is a summer camp counselor at St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy and volunteer through St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Ms. Carr’s favorite volunteer activities include serving the Denver homeless youth population through the Urban Peak program and delivering food to seniors through TLC Meals on Wheels. 
  • Sarah Greichen - Ms. Greichen is a senior at Front Range Christian School. She is an Adam’s Camp volunteer, served as president of various Unified Sports Clubs at both Heritage and Front Range Christian schools. She sits on the Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project led her to create the Score A Friend, Incorporated club to help include students of abilities in school activities, but especially to help those who have limited access to social activities. Ms. Greichen established Score A Friend Chapters at Front Range Christian School, Louisiana State University and Northern Arizona University and is in the process of implementing nine new clubs in local area schools. 
  • Bettina Meske - Ms. Meske is a junior at Arapahoe High School. She is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society and a Peer Minister at Our Father Lutheran Church. She volunteers with Jiminy Wicket, an organization that matches high school students with Alzheimer’s patients to play croquet. She also volunteers at Crossroads Church’s free daycare and food bank facilities. Ms. Meske not only volunteers herself, but recruited other members of her own church to volunteer at the inner-city Crossroads Church as well. 
  • Nathan Miller - Mr. Miller is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. He is a member of National Honor Society and volunteer at Greenwood Community Church. Mr. Miller helped co-found a Unified Lacrosse team after discovering there were no lacrosse opportunities for teens with disabilities. He also spent a week doing repair projects and socialization events on a Navajo reservation. 
  • Caitlin Weber - Ms. Weber is a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School. She volunteers as a tutor at Holly Hills Elementary School and is a Manna Thanksgiving and Denver Rescue Mission food and meal service volunteer. She is a member of Playstrong Colorado, a group that raises funds for cancer research. Ms. Weber works with students with disabilities as a therapeutic riding volunteer for Children’s Advisory Network and serves as a team volunteer at Cherry Hills Community Church. Playstrong Colorado, a group that raises funds for cancer research. Ms. Weber works with students with disabilities as a therapeutic riding volunteer for Children’s Advisory Network and serves as a team volunteer at Cherry Hills Community Church. 

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