The Board of County Commissioners created the YEA! Awards in 2010 to recognize Hillsborough County students for making a difference in their community. The award recipients show initiative, innovation, and commitment to themselves and others, while pursuing excellence in a leadership capacity. This can be demonstrated in academics, community service, athletics, performing arts, conservation, or other areas.
The County's Commission on the Status of Women reviews the nominations, and the Board of County Commissioners presents the awards at a Board meeting each spring.
YEA! Award Categories
- Leadership: Demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, or the arts
- Success Despite Difficult Odds: Overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and to make a positive impact on others
- Volunteer or Community Service: Allocating discretionary time to help others or complete a project that has improved our community
YEA! Awards winners were recognized during the 2017 YEA! Awards Presentation Ceremony on May 3.
2017 Award Winners
- Kyla Clewis
Liberty Middle School
- Benjamin Bryant
Freedom High School
Success Despite Difficult Odds:
- Ian Farmer
Buchanan BioEngineering Academy
- Guadalupe Villegas
Lennard High School
Volunteer or Community Service:
- Ava Isabella Moreno
Progress Village Middle Magnet School
- Sydney Bagrowski
Armwood High School