Mayor's Youth Award

Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and Milford Youth & Family Services

presented

The 29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium.The awards were given to youth who demonstrated an outstanding commitment toimproving the Milford Community. Teachers, parents, clergy, friends and group leaders nominated finalists for the awards.

The 29thAnnual Mayor’s Youth Award Recipients are as follows:

Elementary School: Ashley Borecki

Ashley is a respectful, considerate and conscientious student. She is very active in the community especially through her efforts with the Colbert Veterinary Rescue Organization. In the past year, Ashley has worked with the group to help dogs living in a Georgia high kill shelter get adopted in Connecticut. Within the school community, Ashley serves as Secretary for the Student Leadership Team. She also partnered with her 5th grade classmates and teachers to help raise funds to build water well in South Sudan. Additionally, Ashley is an active member of her Girl Scout Troop, enjoys gymnastics and horseback riding and volunteers with her church.

Middle School: Hunter Fonck

Hunter is a model student: positive, hard working and constantly preserving. Hunter’s personal goal is to spread awareness to the citizens of Milford about a rare genetic connective tissue disorder – Epidermolysis Bullosa. He has already begun to tackle this goal through his foundation, “Hunter’s Wish.” Hunter fundraises for “Hunter’s Wish” as well as donates to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With his donation to the AAD, Hunter made it possible for a child to attend Camp Discovery, AAD’s camp where children living with skin diseases get one-of-a kind experiences in a traditional summer camp environment.

Middle School: Joseph Honcz

Joey battled and beat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, recognizing the impact a wish can have on a child battling a life threatening illness, he has found numerous ways to fundraise for Make-A-Wish. He has asked for donations in lieu of birthday gifts, participated in Walk-For-Wishes and played on a Lacrosse-For-Wishes team. He has also participated in the Evening of Wishes Gala and the Wishes in Flight Campaign. Joey volunteered for the LIVFREE organization which provides pediatric cancer patients and their families an experience to help give them a break from treatment and provide them with some family fun time.

High School: Nicholas Bettencourt

Nicholas exudes the message of Milford: A Small City with a Big Heart. In the past three years Nick has volunteered as an assistant teacher for children with special needs in the first and second grade Sunday School class at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church (MTMUMC). Nick is also Methodist Youth Fellowship President at MTMUMC. He offers his gift of music on Easter morning at Gulf Beach for sunrise service, as well as during summer worship services. Nick also acts as a mentor for other students and is a counselor at Camp Happiness.

Group Category: Milford Food 2 Kids

Children and youth from every corner of Milford have raised funds, collected donations and packed bagged lunches for Milford Food 2 Kids. The young volunteers are developing an awareness of what food insecurity is. It is important to understand the need, but equally important for these young people to know that they can do something about it.

Congratulations to all of the nominated youth, award winners and their families!!!