Youth Link leaders earn awards for positive influence

To celebrate Bellevue Youth Link’s 27th anniversary of providing nationally-recognized programs and services to Bellevue teens, Youth Link has awarded dozens of local youths.

The following young people were honored at the annual Community Leadership Awards celebration on Wednesday, May 24, at City Hall.


Most Inspirational – Boy George Thompson International School

Most Inspirational – Girl Clarice Rhatigan Tyee Middle School

Outstanding Athlete – Boy Mani Sanaiekhah Newport High School

Outstanding Athlete – Girl Amy Tang Odle Middle School

Outstanding Scholar – Boy Christopher Watson International School

Outstanding Scholar – Girl Eshika Saxena Interlake High School

Outstanding Youth Leader – Boy Jack Brunell International School

Outstanding Youth Leader – Girl Sarah Inh Bellevue High School

Diversity Champion Sally Nyambura Interlake High School

Environmental Champion Veenadhari Kollipara Interlake High School

Outstanding Youth in Arts Kate Leach St. Louise School

Outstanding Youth Volunteer – Boy Adien Mendoza Sammamish High School

Outstanding Youth Volunteer – Girl Isabella Laws Sammamish High School

Outstanding Elementary School Student Ezekiel Sambula Stevenson Elementary

Outstanding Middle School Student Sydney Vernon Open Window School

Outstanding High School Student Gador Aliseda-Canton Newport High School

“Warming Hearts” Award Mjracle Sheppard Tyee Middle School