Youth Salute Event Draws Hundreds to Campus
WILMORE, Ky. — Less than 24 hours after Asbury University’s 2013 graduates crossed a stage in the Luce Center to receive their college degrees, high-school students from throughout Kentucky crossed the same stage to receive scholarships that could mark the beginning of their college careers.
Asbury hosted a lunch, student leadership seminar, parents’ program and awards ceremony on Sunday for “Youth Salute,” a program that recognizes high-school leadership through the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership. Asbury awarded five $4,000 scholarships at the awards ceremony. To participate, students had to be nominated by a leader of their high school, maintain a 3.0 GPA and hold at least two leadership roles within the past two years at their school, religious or community-sponsored organization.
While the students engaged in a variety of leadership-building exercises with motivational speaker Carole Harder, parents learned about the ins and outs of student life and financial aid from Asbury University administrators.
Jacob Mondine, a high-school student from Berea, Ky., is involved in his school’s Future Business Leaders, Student Technology Leadership program, Beta Club, and Student Council, among other things. He came to the event on the heels of his school’s prom and is leaning toward a college major in a technology-oriented field.
“It was nice meeting new people, and the session was very informative,” he said. “It was good to learn more about balancing your life.”
“The administrators who did the parent sessions clearly had a passion for the students and their work,” added his mother, Connie. “As a parent, that makes a big difference to me.”
Photo portraits of the Youth Salute students can be seen at Fayette Mall, courtesy of Jim Holifield, chairman of the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership and owner of Holifield Photography.