Allison Kimball, daughter of Henry and Lynda Kimball of Dundee was honored by Yates County Legislators May 9 as the Distinguished Youth for the first quarter of 2016.

The Distinguished Youth Award was created by the Yates County Youth Board in 2011 to recognize youth who are positive role models, have performed outstanding service for their community, and/or have assumed extraordinary roles within their families.

A senior at Dundee Central School, Allison is a good student, being listed on the honor roll almost every marking period. She volunteers in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.

According to Ms. Guglielmo, Allison’s former English Teacher and class advisor, “She is passionate about protecting others, and has even created anti-bullying posters to display around the school.”

Allison is a key member of the team that hosts a walk supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the Dundee community. She helps to brainstorm ideas, solicit contributions from local businesses and participates in the walk. This group has generated several thousand dollars over the past few years in an effort to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Allison has been described by her counselor, Steve Taylor, as being a passionate and creative writer, and she has written an chapter book for adolescents titled, “A is for Awkward, D is for Different” which she hopes to publish. Allison has recently completed the work and volunteer hours needed to receive the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.

Introducing her to the legislature, Miller said, “The theme that repeated in her letters of recommendation is that Allison is determined.  She is determined to get through difficult situations, and determined to help others succeed. Allison is the type of person that the Youth Board looks for in a Distinguished Youth.”