Phoenix Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year

Phoenix Outstanding Young Man/Young Woman of the Year
April 2011 - The city of Phoenix named two high school students the 2011 Outstanding Young Man and Young Woman of the Year at the 25th annual awards event on April 25, at a ceremony held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Phoenix.

Fifteen high school students were selected as council district winners and recognized at the event with a $250 scholarship, along with the teacher who inspired them the most. From the 15 district winners, two overall winners were announced and each received a $2,000 scholarship.

Two GUHSD students were among the 15 winners from each Phoenix City Council district:

Chris Kaplan The Outstanding Young Man for Council District 1 is Moon Valley High School junior Chris Kaplan, who was also named overall Outstanding Young Man of the Year. Kaplan has an extensive list of community service projects, which include volunteer work at his neighborhood Block Watch, St. Mary’s Food Bank, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Alumni Foundation and other groups through Hands-On Phoenix. He has maintained straight As throughout high school, and seeks to inspire others by writing poetry and stories. In the future, Kaplan intends to pursue an education in accounting and public policy, with a focus on law or community development. He wants to open his own accounting firm and pursue a position as an elected official.
Michelle Son
The Outstanding Young Woman for Council District 1 is Michelle Son, a senior at Thunderbird High School. Son has shown community involvement by participating in Relay for Life, volunteering at John C. Lincoln Hospital and tutoring elementary students. She is the principal cellist at her school and also plays in the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has maintained straight As throughout high school and ranks at the top of her graduating class. In the future, Michelle wants to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

This year’s program sponsors included the city of Phoenix, Wells Fargo, Phoenix Rotary 100 and Soroptimist International of Phoenix. More than 100 students from all eight city council districts applied for the award.

Applicants submitted essays, transcripts and a letter of recommendation. They were interviewed by a panel of representatives from each of the event sponsor organizations. The winners were selected for outstanding community service and commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives.

The full article on the City of Phoenix website can be read here. Congratulations to Chris and Michelle!