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Farmington Youth Assistance Celebrates Young Volunteers

A Thursday breakfast honors 24 students from Farmington and Farmington Hills who have contributed hundreds of hours to schools, churches and charities.

Some helped out at school, others traveled outside the U.S., but all 24 Farmington area students honored during a Thursday morning breakfast at Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills have given of their time and talents to others. 

Farmington Youth Assistance (FYA) hosted the annual celebration to recognize students for performing at least 100 hours of volunteer work not applied toward high school credit. Each was nominated by an adult, who was also invited to attend the event along with elected officials, city and school district leaders. 

Guest speaker Kurt David, television host and author of From Glory Days: Successful Transitions of Professional Detroit Athletes, talked about the injury that ended his basketball career and started him down the road to a new career as a counselor. A lack of passion and purpose, he said, can be more dangerous than a lack of financial success. 

"Don't just strive to be the best in the world," David said. "Change the world by striving to be the best for the world." 

Student volunteers honored included:

  • Romi Ajluni, Farmington High, 12th grade
  • Jillian Bunker, Clarenceville High, 10th grade
  • Troy Cooke, Brother Rice, 11th grade
  • Tommy Dye, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Maya Gallo, Farmington High, 11th grade
  • Marcus Gurnee, Farmington High, 10th grade
  • Lauren Hurley, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Dana Iles, Harrison High International Baccalaureate, 10th grade
  • Alexander Kavner, North Farmington, 12th grade
  • Erin Kohler, Farmington High, 12th grade
  • Claudia Kramer, East Middle School, 7th grade
  • Jack Malinowski, Catholic Central, 12th grade
  • Kaylee Mitchell, Harrison High, 10th grade
  • Tess O'Keefe, Harrison High, 10th grade
  • Danielle Petras, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Gillian Pylar, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Alyson Rich, International Academy, 11th grade
  • Jessica Sherbin, North Farmington, 12th grade
  • Lauren Smits, Harrison High, 10th grade
  • Stephanie Stoian, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Christian Thomas, East Middle School, 8th grade
  • Nick Trevisan, East Middle School, 7th grade
  • Tessa Williams, Harrison High, 10th grade
  • Erin Katherine Wyatt, East Middle School, 8th grade
From a cranky old guy who is {{{ very disturbed }}} about the direction of our youth... may I offer my sincere congratulations on a job well done. Thank you
Ken Massey April 26, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Congratulations and thank you to each of these young members of our community. These young people, and many others who participate in so many ways, add to the positive nature of our community. Each of those listed, their families and friends should be proud of their efforts. Your community is proud of you.

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