We're honoring the contributions of 17 high school seniors from the Class of 2021 whose service included working for human rights, helping at youth relays, sharing their hopes for Salem's future, collecting shoes for classmates, and cultivated community gardens. Two completed the police cadet academy.
"It's extremely gratifying to know that we have such a dedicated group of young people who are genuinely investing time and energy to ensure their city is a better place for all," said Mayor Chuck Bennett in a letter to the students.
Eligible students contributed at least 30 hours of service during their high school careers in direct partnership with the City of Salem. In all, these teens worked with one or more of 17 City programs and initiatives through the Youth Development Services. They will receive Service Honors Recognition from the Mayor and a commemorative pin.
The City's Youth Development Services seeks to empower and equip young community members to serve alongside their peers and partner with local schools, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to create a more positive, safe and healthy community for everyone.
The awards were created at the request of West Salem High School's 2018 Teen Action Team Service Club to recognize young leaders.
2021 City of Salem Service Honors Recipients
Early College High School
Cody Schmidt (Early Graduation)
McKay High School
South Salem High School
Annabella (Bella) Ramey
Sprague High School
West Salem High School
David Bugarin Renteria