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Photo courtesy of Sequoia Village School
Photo courtesy of Sequoia Village School

Sequoia Village senior selected for Governors Youth Commission

Posted On: 2017-07-18 05:06 PM
From White Mountain Independent...


By Sequoia Village School Special to The Independent

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family announced the appointment of the Governor's Youth Commission class of 2017-18, with representation from all 15 counties.

Elizabeth Prouty, of Show Low, has been selected as one of the 51 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who were appointed and will play a vital role inspiring Arizona's youth to "take the lead" in their communities. The GYC has chosen to focus on substance abuse, bullying, teen dating violence, distracted driving and civics education in their respective counties.

"I am proud to appoint these young leaders and to give them the opportunity to serve as community ambassadors," Ducey said. "Each year, I am impressed by the commission member's accomplishments for Arizona and look forward to what they will achieve this school year."

Through innovative programs, events and campaigns, the GYC has served our state since 1989. For the third year in a row, the GYC helped the state of Arizona achieve its No. 1 ranking in the world in youth-led service projects. Last year, the youth in Arizona logged more than 70,234 service hours on the BeSeenBeHeard.az.gov website, and hosted 1,200 Arizona youth at Youth Leadership Day.

"Solutions to many of Arizona's most pressing social issues requires us to inspire our next generation to take the lead and make a positive impact. This is exactly what the GYC accomplishes for Arizona," said Debbie Moak, director of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family. "Over the past two-and-a-half years, the GYC has continually inspired me in my work through this office and in the community. I could not be prouder of their accomplishments."

New commissioners will have the ability to work alongside Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family to lead service projects, develop initiatives and lead their peers in solving social challenges facing Arizona youth. The commission inspires and empowers all Arizona youth to lead and participate in local volunteer programs and raise community awareness on statewide issues.

Elizabeth is a senior at Sequoia Village High School. She is involved in many clubs and organizations such as SADD, ACADEC, Student Council, Dance Committee and Yearbook. When she is not at school, she volunteers at the hospital. She plans to attend Northern Arizona University after completing high school this year, and already has college credit from NPC. As part of her high school schedule this year, Elizabeth plans to take more NPC classes which is one of the features Sequoia Village High School provides.

Mindy Savoia, principal and Beth Kulish, assistant principal of Sequoia Village, both said they are proud of the appointment. Kulish was a representative on the commission in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

To learn more about the GYC, visit BeSeenBeHeard.AZ.gov.

Photos: Photo courtesy of Sequoia Village School