Deadline approaching for York County's Outstanding Youth Award nominations

York County students have a shot at one of four $500 scholarships from the York County Board of Supervisors and Youth Commission.

Citizens' nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Youth Award Scholarships are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office, according to a York County news release.

People can nominate any York County student in grades 9-12 in four categories: community service, compassion, courage and overall achievement. The student must reside in York County and attend public, private or home school, the release stated.

A $500 is given to the winner in each category, and can be put toward any post-high school education or vocational training.

Winners will be recognized at a reception and the May 16 Board of Supervisor's meeting, the release stated. All nominees will receive letters toward the end of April letting them know of their nomination and who put their name forward.

Nomination forms are available for download from the York County Youth Commission's website or from the Yorktown and Tabb Libraries as well as the Williamsburg and James City County libraries, and at the York County PRT office.

Walsingham Academy named best Catholic High School

Williamsburg's Walsingham Academy was named the top Catholic High School in Virginia by Niche, a Pittsburgh-area school-ranking organization.

The school is ranked first in Virginia out of 13 schools, and 118th in the nation for Catholic high schools schools. It's also ranked 22nd out of 97 private schools in the state.

On Niche Walsingham has an overall A score, with its strong points being academics and college readiness. Its two areas of weakness, where the school earned its lowest grade of C+, are diversity and clubs and activities, which doesn't include sports.

"Our goal and mission here is to treat each student entrusted to our care — treat them with dignity, challenge them academically, teach them morally with a faith based education," Mary Jeanne Oesterle, the academy's president said. "Our faculty are so dedicated to these young people and giving them their best and constantly rise to the occasion on a daily basis."

The best Catholic schools ranking considers self-reported data collected from Niche users, including SAT and ACT scores, parent/student surveys on school experience and cultural and racial diversity grades.

Data from the National Center on Education Statistics includes college enrollment as determined by how many seniors go on to four-year universities, and the schools' student-teacher ratio.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

Want to nominate a York County student?

Download the nomination form from www.ycyc.info or pick one up at one of the following libraries: Yorktown, Tabb, Williamsburg and James City County.

Turn in completed forms to the York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 100 County Drive, Yorktown. Blank forms are also available at the PRT office.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Questions? Call the PRT office at 757-890-3500.

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