Ford is Distinguished Youth

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Ariana Ford (center) of Dundee accepts the Distinguished Youth Award from Yates County Legislature Chairman Taylor Fitch (right) as Christine Yonge, Youth Bureau Director (left), looks on.

Ariana Ford, daughter of Karen Ford of Dundee and Thomas Ford of Rock Stream, was recognized as the Yates County Youth Board's Distinguished Youth for the second quarter of 2013. The presentation was done at the Aug.12th Yates County Legislature meeting. Ford, who was nominated by Erin Brooks, a teacher at Dundee Central School, is a 2013 graduate of DCS. "With her relentless motivation and her passion for what she wants to do, Ariana would make an excellent recipient of the Distinguished Youth Award" stated Brooks in her nomination.

During her high school career, Ford was involved in many extra-curricular activities such as Student Government, the DCS Morning Show, National Honor Society, Varsity Club, Scotsman Singers, Symphonic Steel Drum Band, was a SpeakOut participant and a member of the volleyball and bowling teams. She was recognized as a Scholar Athlete for Bowling. In her letter of support, Ms. Amy Carron said "This extraordinary student has maintained her high level of academic excellence while participating in extra-curricular activities." She served as editor of the Scotsman Legacy, the school newspaper as part of her Journalism class, a half year elective; she asked to be able to continue with the paper through the end of the school year. She went above and beyond her duties as editor to be sure school events and activities were covered in the paper.

Her enthusiasm for serving others extends beyond the school day. She is a student representative on the Yates County Youth Board now serving her third term. She organized a canned food drive for the Food for the Needy program in Yates County; the outcome was over 1,400 cans of food brought in by the students at Dundee Jr/Sr High School. While on the Youth Board, Ariana has also volunteered to staff the display at the Child Health & Safety Fair, StarShine and Touch of Christmas events. She also volunteers at the Yates County Humane Society and is a member of H.E.R.O.

The letter of support from Morgan Allen described Ariana as "one of the most conscientious and hardworking students I have ever taught."

"Ford is a shining example of the great things many youth in our community are doing every day. The positive encouragement and support she receives from her family and the other adults and youth she works with continue to motivate her to give back to her community," adds Youth Bureau Director Christine Yonge.

She was joined at the presentation by her parents. She received a framed certificate and a gift bag with merchandise and gift cards donated by local businesses in Dundee and Penn Yan.

Do you know of a Yates County youth who stands out from the crowd for all the good things they do? Nominations for the third quarter are now being accepted. Contact the Youth Bureau at 531.3451 for a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 6.

The Distinguished Youth Award was created by the Youth Board to recognize youth who are positive role models, have performed outstanding service for their community, and/or have assumed extraordinary roles within their families. Nominees must be a resident of, or attend school in Yates County and be in grades 6-12 at the time of nomination to be eligible.