Colorado Springs, CO, Feb. 6, 2015 -- Abby Sandlin, age 15, was awarded the Pikes Peak Region Youth of the Year title by former Colorado State Attorney General, John Suthers, as a part of the annual Youth of the Year Celebration held on Feb. 5 at the Broadmoor Hotel.
Abby, a freshman at James Irwin Charter High School in Colorado Springs, works hard to maintain a 3.67 GPA while taking honors classes, helping out with her two foster and two younger siblings, serving as a teen mentor at the Club, and participating in a variety of Boys & Girls Club programs.
An E.A. Tutt Clubmember since 2012, Abby has been an outstanding role model and mentor for the younger kids through the Power Hour homework help program. She speaks to groups of youth at other Club locations about bullying prevention and the lasting negative effects of peer to peer bullying. She has been highly involved with the Club through programs like Teen Safe Driving, Stay SMART, NetSmartz, Triple Play, and Project Learn.
Abby grew up in a less than perfect home – her parents divorced when she was very young and she was forced to leave her father and family behind in Kansas. Her mother was engaged in a mentally and physically abusive relationship for eight years. During that time, she had to step up to care for her siblings and herself. During her elementary years, Abby struggled with being bullied due to her weight and economic status. Despite all of these hardships, Abby never allowed her spirit to be broken. She has made a practice of choosing happiness, daily.
In addition to all of her work school and at the Club, Abby also takes time to give back in the community. She volunteers with her mother at the Colorado Deaf and Blind School. She encourages community members to avoid texting and driving by collecting pledges at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She helped to plant trees in Mountain Shadows Park after the Waldo Canyon fires and has continued to be active in keeping the Waldo Canyon area, and the rest of Colorado Springs, beautiful.
Abby aspires to one day become a neonatal doctor. Her half sister was born 6 weeks pre-mature and Abby watched as she fought to live, and as the doctors who cared for her skillfully healed her. Abby’s top choice for post education is Harvard University. Abby is determined not to settle for anything less than the best and is willing to put in the work it takes to get there. Her relentless commitment to her family, Club, community and education exemplify her as an outstanding young leader.
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Posted on 2/4/2015 at 5:00:00 PM