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Cortland 2004 Youth of the Year

Cortland Jr. Sr. High School Senior, Kimberly Huston, was named Cortland's 2004 Youth of the Year.  An awards ceremony was held at the Cortland Youth Bureau Teen Center on Port Watson Street on May 25 to honor Huston and several other local youths who had been nominated to be Cortland's Youth of the Year. 

Huston won the Grand Prize award of a $300 savings bond and a plaque recognizing her achievements in the areas of Personal Merit, Volunteering and Success in Spite of Difficult Odds.  Huston was nominated by two of her health teachers, Jeanette Dippo and Amy Johnson, as well as by a separate nomination from Sean Smith of the YWCA’s Aid to Victim’s of Violence program where Huston has interned. 

First Prize awards of a $100 savings bond and a plaque were given to Nicholas Little of Cortland for Personal Merit, Corey Miller of Cincinnatus for Volunteering and Sean Bollinger of Cortland for Success in Spite of Difficult Odds. 

$25 gift certificates to the downtown Cortland store of their choice were the prizes awarded to Honorable Mentions: Josh Brown of Marathon, Laura Buerkle of Cincinnatus and McGraw High School, Nathan Connelly of Cortland, Krystal Evangelista of Cortland, Carrie Lynch of Cortland, Xochitl Nava of Cortland, Jerrika Peak of Cortland, Lisina Russo of Marathon, and Tom Whitney of Cortland and McGraw High School. 

The Cortland Youth of the Year Award is an annual event sponsored by the City of Cortland Youth Bureau and Cortland Police Benevolent Association that seeks out nominations for young people residing or attending school in Cortland County, who deserve recognition by their community.