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Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right


The 40 winners of the City of Allentown’s “Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right” campaign will be honored at a reception on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00pm in the lobby of City Hall. 

Launched in 2012, the “Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right” campaign is a way to recognize young people who contribute to the well-being of Allentown.

 Mayor Ray O’Connell said, “Allentown is a diverse city that is proud to be home to so many young people who are hitting the books and/or looking out for the well-being of others.  It is a privilege to recognize their achievements and acknowledge the teachers, neighbors, mentors and others who took the time to bring them to our attention.”

Each of the honorees will receive certificates from the mayor.

Awardees are encouraged to bring family members to share in the celebration and enjoy light food and refreshments. 

 Winners are honored in the following categories: Volunteerism – for assisting someone or improving a neighborhood or the community in general. Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty – for doing more than following the rules, such as making a good decision even when peers chose otherwise and for showing leadership skills, critical thinking, problem solving, maturity or conflict resolution. Scholarship – Notable academic improvement and or academic excellence.

In the category of “Going Above and Beyond” the following nine youth will be honored:

  • Dallanara Flores, Harmoney Lightfoot, Isabella Scheirer, Rachael Pena,
    Richarch DeLos-Santos, Lam Doan, Jhon Castro,
    Leela Rivera, Elenis Claudio

 In the category of “Scholastic Achievement” the following four youth will be honored:

  • ·       Jalyana Nunuez, Josiah Melendez, Julia Eschner, Nicole Luna Espinal

Two individuals and three groups will be honored in the category of “Volunteerism”

  • Gisselle Miranda and Jasmine Beck

·       South Mountain Middle School

  • Chantall Pereira-Eras, Katherine Cordero, Jasmin Reyes, Leiliani Sykes, Sophia Colon, Sarah Schweyer, Mia Hein, Mary Rodriguez, Nicole Merly

·       Sew What Club
Jenise Gonzalez, N’dia Escobales, Sherlin Cruz, Aida Penn, Emma Vanderbilt

·       Dieruff Basketball Team
George Gibbs, Ralph Elias, Lavon Johnson, John Jordan, Nelson Mieles, Tavontaye Tucker, Honor Huff, Talal Jarrah, Leroy Johnson, Isiah Jetter, Daniel Quiones    

For more information on the event contact Mayor’s Assistant Ismael Arcelay at 610-437-7743.