Jim Durham
News Bureau Director

Sunday afternoon (May 2), Georgetown College will be a hub for some of the most outstanding high school student leaders in central Kentucky.

More than 200 have accepted the invitation to this 30th annual “Youth Salute” event. Headliner Carole Harder, a nationally known motivational speaker and leadership trainer for Olympic Athletes and Fortune 500 Companies, will speak to the students in the College’s George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness. Then, Lexington television anchor Barbara Bailey of WKYT-27 will emcee an awards ceremony in John L. Hill Chapel.

Working together Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College will award a total of $60,000 in scholarships at the 5 p.m. awards ceremony. Private businesses will add an additional $8,000 in scholarships and other awards to this amount. The “Lexington Youth Leader of the Year” and a “Top Youth Leader” from each High School” will be announced.

“We are excited to have so many outstanding high school leaders on our beautiful campus – especially in the Spring – and we hope many of them will plan an official College Visit in the near future,” said Shanna Coleman, Georgetown’s Associate Director of Admissions and Event Coordinator.

Coleman and the GC Admissions staff have made sure this is a true event for the parents as well as the students. Georgetown College is providing lunch for all and activities for parents who might be interested in a Financial Aid session, browse the College’s art galleries or attend the Georgetown College Concert Choir concert in Hill Chapel at 3 p.m.

The “Youth Salute” is conducted annually through the National Council on Youth Leadership in cooperation with the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. The Central Kentucky organization has recognized 18,080 student leaders over the past 30 years.

“Students must be nominated by their high school counselors, teachers, principals or other community leaders to participate in Youth Salute,” said Jim Holifield, Chairman of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. “All nominees must be a high school junior when nominated, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have held at least two (2) leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.”

“Students must be nominated by their high school counselors, teachers, principals or other community leaders to participate in Youth Salute,” said Jim Holifield, Chairman of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. “All nominees must be a high school junior when nominated, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and have held at least two (2) leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.”

“The students honored in “Youth Salute” are recognized with newspaper, television and radio salutes and photographic displays by Holifield Photography at Fayette Mall, shopping centers and schools.”