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Brookline Hub Youth Awards at Coolidge Corner Theatre Monday

Posted by Brock Parker  February 24, 2011 09:00 AM

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The Brookline Hub will award its first “Youth of the Year” honor Monday at ceremony in the Coolidge Corner Theatre to benefit the Brookline Teen Center.

Kids from the 7th through 12th grades will be honored for their service to the community at the ceremony after being nominated by parents, teachers and friends, said Harvey Bravman, publisher of the Brookline Hub news website and president of the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association, which is a co-sponsor of the event.

The winners come from a variety of backgrounds, including some who’ve had a troubled past, and one person will be named as the Youth of the Year, Bravman said.

“The king and queen of the prom are eligible, but a lot of these kids aren’t kings and queens of the prom,” he said.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. and Bravman said interviews with winning kids will be shown on the big screen. Tickets are free, but a donation of $10 per person is being suggested.

Proceeds from the ceremony will benefit the Brookline Teen Center, which last month announced a $3 million plan to renovate an old garage at 40 Aspinwall St. that will serve as the home for the center.

In addition to fundraising, Bravman said he’s hoping sharing the stories of the kids involved in the awards ceremony will be a bonding experience for the community.

Already, Bravman said the outpouring of support for the event suggests it that there will be enough interest in giving out the awards every year.

But first, Bravman said he’s hoping to get as many people to the Coolidge Corner Theatre as possible Monday.

“We’re trying to get the place filled that night,” he said.

Tickets will be available at the door Monday, or can be ordered in advance online at http://www.brooklinehub.com/index.php/community/youth-awards/ticket-reservation

Winners of the Brookline Hub Youth Awards are Brookline High School students: Rachel Sandalow-Ash, Elana Ben Akiva, Lia Gallitano, Sandra Richardson, Sarah Plovnick, Tye Richards, Ben Hoff, Emily Brown, Leslie Suriel, Christopher Jansky, Daniel Kunin, Sarah Lejeune, Jacquie Smothers and Talia Lepson.

Receiving honorable mentions are: Jen Xu, of the Pierce School; Sarah Gladstone, Eana Meng and David Krane, of the Baker School, Netanya Lebach, of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hill School; Brookline High School students Avi Cohen, Aliza Miller, Yijin Yang, Sidni Frederick, Michael Lagana, Alex Portenko and Anna Parkhurst, along with all of the students in the Brookline Literacy Partnership at the high school.

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