Sarah Bagley named Yates Co. Distinguished Youth

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Yates County Distinguished Youth Sarah Bagley (center) with Jennifer Clancey of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Legislative Chairman Timothy Dennis.

The Yates County Youth Board has announced the first quarter recipient of the Distinguished Youth Award, presented at the April 14 meeting of the Yates County Legislature.

The Youth Board and the County Legislature recognized Sarah Bagley, a senior home schooled student in the Penn Yan Central School District, as the first recipient for 2014. Youth Bureau Director Christine Yonge noted Sarah was nominated for her Outstanding Service to the Community. Sarah has logged over 150 hours of Community Service each year since she started volunteering seven years ago.

She is a member of Yates County 4-H and has been involved with packing bags for the “backpack” program for Milly’s Pantry, the Humane Society of Yates County, Adopt-a-Highway clean-up, facilitating hands-on learning experiences for other 4-H’ers, visiting local nursing homes, and Operation Christmas Child. She is also the Editor in Chief of Strive, a magazine created by Sarah for 4-H’ers. “Sarah is always willing to step in and lend a hand and a smile,” says Yonge.

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.

Do you know of a Yates County youth who stands out from the crowd for all the good things they do? Nominations for the second quarter of 2014 are now being accepted. Contact the Youth Bureau at 607-531-3451 for a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by June 7.