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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2008

City Manager hosts luncheon for high-achieving youth

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen, along with the City’s Youth Advocacy Office, will host the City Manager’s Luncheon to recognize outstanding area high school seniors. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m.today at the downtown Bristol, 51 E. 14th St.

The purpose of the event is to bring together a diverse group of young, intelligent students to discuss their perspectives on living in Kansas City. The nomination process was open to schools in all 15 school districts that include students from Kansas City, Mo.

“This event gives the City’s Youth Advocacy Office and me an opportunity to talk with and listen to the comments and concerns these young people have about the city,” Cauthen said. “We are working to make the city more attractive to young, career-minded people and this forum is a great way to get input to achieve that goal.”

The honorees are selected by academic advisors and staff members at the area high schools based on academic achievement, community service and extra curricular activities.

This year’s award winners are: Adrian Guzman and Montoya Bell, Van Horn; Eleanor Dilion and Hannah Girardeau, St. Teresa’s Academy; Megan Collins and Nathaniel Seider, Lee’s Summit North; Willard Brown and Annette Thomas, Imagine Renaissance; Lauren Radken, Whitefield; Louis Davis, Manual Career Center; Courtney James and Issac Freeman, Ruskin; Jennifer Blank and Corbin Soliddy, Center; Katy Wood and Audrey Taylor, Kansas City Academy; Ben Boucher and Emily Shearhart, St. Mary’s Academy; Sophia Zumot and Ty Gaddy, Notre Dame de Sion; Shavon Brown and Ebony Osby, Southeast; Timothy Holman and Surana Leryoskaja, Lincoln College Prep; Jonathan Ketz, Oak Park; and Charles Shinogle and Syndie Burton, Park Hill.

JE Dunn Construction is the corporate sponsor of the event.

For more information, contact Thalia Cherry, youth advocate manager, Youth Advocacy Office, (816) 377-1832 or thalia_cherry@kcmo.org.

    
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