2019 winners

Colt Corrigan – Chelan

Colt is a leader on the sports field and off. He intends to pursue a career as an attorney and will attend Whitworth College in the fall. Colt’s faith has been a source of motivation for his community service, including a mission trip to Puerto Rico through his church and work with the Special Olympics. Colt has also overcome personal adversity. Colt was 14 when his family lost everything in a wildfire that burned down his house. At first, he thought it was end of the world, but he came to realize the power of maintaining a positive attitude through difficult times.

Silvia Esparza – Quincy

Silvia has a passion for public service and working with youth. She served as student representative to the Quincy City Council and is also involved in local community organizations including Quincy Partnership for Youth, Youth Action Interact and her church youth group. In 2018, she attended the Western Leaders Summit put on by the Association of Washington State Leaders, further inspiring her public service work. Through Quincy Partnership for Youth, Silvia has spearheaded a peer to peer initiative program called Sources of Strength (SOS). SOS is an evidence-based program for the prevention of suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse.

Sargun Handa – Mukilteo

Sargun has an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a passion for helping those who struggle with mental health issues. Already at her young age, Sargun has authored a best-selling book, given a TEDx talk, and proved herself to be an effective advocate. She plans to pursue a degree in Community Psychology with minor in Human Rights. While dealing with her own significant health issue throughout her life, Sargun has been outspoken about the importance of youth involvement in community issues and its positive impact on mental health. She has served on the Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee, chairing the “Mukilteo Stands Behind You” effort to raise mental health awareness.

Chanelle Hunt – Cusick

Chanelle has overcome adversity throughout her young life and has found her voice in community service. Last year, Chanelle gave a presentation at a community forum on school safety and bullying. She became a leader in the Cusick Youth Coalition, representing her community across the state. She has worked hard to develop projects to help her community, including a successful effort last winter to collect winter clothes and gear for needy students. Chanelle plans to become a teacher and continue to empower students.

Gabriela Ruiz Heras – Vancouver

Gabriela is a hard-working advocate for underserved youth in her community. As a first-generation high school graduate and college student, Gabriela intends to pursue a multidisciplinary degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with plans to become a social studies teacher or a medical social worker in an underserved community. Gabriela is committed to affecting change in young people’s lives through advocacy, education and community service. Through her involvement in the leadership program Adelante America and the Vancouver LULAC Youth Council, Gabriela has worked to empower Latinx community members to be engaged in community issues.

Katrina Wagner – Enumclaw

Katrina has combined her entrepreneurial interests and inspiration from the work of international volunteers to become a successful fundraiser and community service leader in her own right. For the organization Puente De Vida, which works with indigenous people in Costa Rica, Katrina successfully collected clothing and materials from her community to make baby wraps, dresses, and blankets for new mothers. She was also able to fundraise enough money through her church to purchase two iPads for Puente De Vida to mobilize medical attention and education. Katrina plans to study business and finance in college.

Kristina Te – Tukwila

Kristina is a first-generation college student continuing her quest to become a Certified Public Accountant. Kristina is passionate about what financial empowerment can mean. She volunteers as a tax preparer with the United Way of King County Free Tax Campaign, where she prepares tax returns for low-income community members. She enjoys helping her clients receive all the tax credits for which they qualify and learning about their unique stories. One of Kristina’s long-term goals is to become a Tax Site Manager with the campaign and continue to help her community.

Collin Pittmann – Rosalia

Collin is double-majoring in theatre and journalism with the goal of becoming artistic director for a large theater company. Collin first demonstrated his passion for theater in his small hometown, creating a regional epicenter for his storytelling and creativity. Between the ages of five and 18, Collin performed in 19 productions. In his sophomore year, Collin founded the Inland Empire Theater, a non-profit children’s theater organization for which he continues to volunteer as Executive Artistic Director. Collin directs, budgets and produces the organization’s annual production.


2018 winners

Johana Ocampo Becerra, Mount Vernon • Nayeli Cervantes, Pasco • Zachariah Fincher, Friday Harbor • Savannah Kimzey, Yakima • Evarosa Perry, Cheney • Collin Pittmann, Rosalia • Hannah Stewart, Mercer Island • Kristina Te, Tukwila

2017 winners

Abigail Brandt, Mill Creek • Uyen (Cathy) Dao, Sequim • Kristina Dorris, Soap Lake • Rosalyn Goveia, Ellensburg • Claudia Penney, Lakewood • Amber Torell, Longview

2016 winners

Carson Bergstrom, Pasco • Grae Hill, Lacey • Johana Ocampo, Mount Vernon • Alisha Purdom, Marysville • Kioko Soneda, Burlington • Ethan Toth, Wenatchee

2015 winners

Zachary Anders, Lynnwood • Nandina Cengic, Tukwila • Nayeli Cervantes, Pasco • Isabel Gabriel, Friday Harbor • Simran Handa, Mukilteo • Dagmawit Kemal, Seattle • Olesya Mironchuk, Seattle • Joanna Santana, Quincy • Tin Vo, Seattle • Jalen Wright, Seattle

2014 winners

Katelyn Dolan, Liberty Lake • Prabha Dublish, Sammamish • Lucas Gordon, Anacortes • Nina Klinkhammer, Lakewood

2013 winners

Emina Dacic, Tukwila • Michael Dyer, Kelso • Danielle Larson, Almira • Elizabeth McKeen, Anacortes • Ce’Nedra Thomas, Latah • Kendall Todd, Odessa

2012 winners

Mason Cole, Anacortes • Colleen Delp, Dayton • Sonja Sanchez, Bridgeport • Russell Wiita, Sultan