This award recognizes Hillsborough County students for making a difference in their community

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.

Eligibility

All students who live in Hillsborough County are eligible for the YEA! Awards, whether they attend public or private schools, or are home-schooled. The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women reviews the nominations and selects one high school winner and one middle school winner in each of three categories:

  • Leadership - This award recognizes one middle school student and one high school student who have demonstrated 21st Century skills including: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity in how they led others academically, in extracurricular programs, or in service to the community. The nomination should demonstrate how they engaged others in sparking positive change or creating a positive impact.
  • Success Despite Difficult Odds - This award recognizes one middle school student and one high school student who have persevered through challenges to make a positive impact on others. The nomination should only share information the parents/guardians and student are comfortable sharing with the public.
  • Volunteer or Community Service - This award recognizes one middle school student and one high school student who has dedicated substantial time to serving their community. The nomination should describe how their efforts have created sustainable change for others.

2023 Award Winners

The Board of County Commissioners presented the 2023 Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards) to these six outstanding young people:

Leadership

  • Nathaniel Freeman, Williams Middle IB School
  • Hunter Anderson, Durant High School

Volunteer or Community Service

  • Gabrielle Lee, Farnell Middle School
  • Jayen Patel, Hillsborough High School

Success Despite Difficult Odds

  • Gavin Shreeve, Randall Middle School
  • Caitlin Conrad, George M. Steinbrenner High School

Watch the 2023 YEA! Awards presentation ceremony to learn more about the 2023 YEA! winners.

Last Modified: 5/13/2024, 3:03:57 PM

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