Outstanding youth recognized by MEFIYI

The 2008 Greater Nevada Credit Union Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet presented by the MEFIYIfoundation celebrated the excellence of 40 Douglas County youth at Genoa Lakes Golf Club in late May.

Student-athletes were honored for their academic excellence, athletic commitment and community service.

The highlights of this year's banquet included the national anthem sung by Carson Valley Middle School Student Helena Strauss, who also performed another song with Carson Valley Middle School Student Katelyn Barrett during the evening.

The keynote speaker was Terran Hadlock, former Douglas High School student-sthlete who played four outstanding years with University of Nevada soccer.

During her senior season, she led the team to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

A power point presentation of each award winner was presented and developed by MEFIYI Board of Trustee Mike McLaughlin of RAMAC Industries.

Carson Valley Middle School Student/Athletes Mia Townsell, Molly Lahlum and Maddy Gilbert did a tremendous job of co-hosting the event.

MEFIYI co-founders JoJo and Suzi Townsell expressed that the Douglas County youth deserve an event that recognizes their talents, abilities, ambitions and how they serve the community.

This year's event awarded three $500 scholarships for outstanding senior student athletes.

The Greater Nevada Credit Union Education Scholarships were awarded to David Williams, Gina Pfaffenberger and Luke Wartgow of Douglas High School. Williams will be attending Pepperdine University, Wartgow will be attending Nevada and Pfaffenberger will enroll at Western Nevada Community College.

This is the fourth year the Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet has honored

Douglas County student-athletes.

MEFIYI is honored that Greater Nevada Credit Union agreed to become title sponsor of this year's event for the second year.

The Community Choice Youth Awards Banquet and 2008 MEFIYI programs are supported by grants from NFL Charities, The E.L. Cord Foundation, Robert R. Banks Foundation, Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation and Smallwood Foundation. MEFIYI also wants to thank The Record-Courier, Carson Valley Accounting, Mark and Debbie Williams and David and Susan Semas, Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Brewery Arts Center for their support. We also appreciate Mysta Townsell who volunteered her time and effort throughout the entire evening. Finally, our thoughts are with George and Josie Graham who inspired us to create this event.

Lauren Seymour, Douglas High School

Jessica Vega, Carson Valley Middle School

Madison Parks, Minden Elementary School

Kaycee Battcher, Scarselli Elementary School

Rochelle Seymour, Pau Wa Lu Middle School

Jourdan Burke, Douglas High School

Matthew Tooker, Gardnerville Elementary School

Luke Wartgow, Douglas High School

Amanda Wartgow, Carson Valley Middle School

Alexis Weaver, Carson Valley Middle School

Brittney Makara, Whittell High School

Karin Sharon, Whittell High School

Aspen Abbott, Faith Christian Academy

Katie Dry, Carson Valley Middle School

Brennen Collins, Carson Valley Middle School

Michael Magno, Douglas High School

Bethany Wurster, Carson Valley Middle School

Micky Murphy, Kingsbury Middle School

Baylee Robinson, Gardnerville Elementary School

Ariah Barth, Pinon Hills Elementary School

Christine DuPuis, Douglas High School

Shannon Hubbard, Pau Wa Lu Middle School

Daniel Lundergreen, Carson Valley Middle School

Brett Parks, Carson Valley Middle School

Clara Ritger, Douglas High School

Amelia Ritger, Carson Valley Middle School

Shelby Louie, Douglas High School

Nicole Mehrer, Douglas High School

Mikayla Warner, Zephyr Cove Elementary School

Sage Lyons, Douglas High School

David Williams, Douglas High School

Matt Romanowitz, CC Meneley Elementary School

Gina Pfaffenberger, Douglas High School

Olivia Abbott, Faith Christian Academy

Jessica Lamb, Douglas High School

Taryn Williams, Douglas High School

Jamie Lundergreen, Douglas High School

Whitney Louie, Carson Valley Middle School

Jacob Wartgow, Gardnerville Elementary School

Walker Higgins, Douglas High School

Robert Shawhan, Douglas High School


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