Youth Council Names ’25 Most Remarkable Teens’ for Talent, Overcoming Adversity

Youth Council Names ’25 Most Remarkable Teens’ for Talent, Overcoming Adversity

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Youth Council Names '25 Most Remarkable Teens' for Talent, Overcoming Adversity
Teens honored by the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council. Photo courtesy,

San Diego County Public Defender Randy Mize and the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council honored a group named as the “25 Most Remarkable Teens in San Diego.”

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The Most Remarkable Teen program recognizes San Diegans ages 13-19 for their contributions and efforts in 25 categories, including arts and culture, technology, civic involvement, leadership and courage.

San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, Councilwoman Monica Montgomery and San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Kristin Gaspar presented the awards in a program late last week at the downtown Central Library.

“The life stories of these amazing young people need to be told and understood.  Their stories are memorable and powerful. There is no better program to do that than the 25 Most Remarkable Teens,” Mize said.

There were more than 200 nominees. The council ultimately honored:

  • Endiya Griffin,  San Diego Metropolitan High School – Youth Activism
  • Matthew Campos, Valhalla High School – Community Service
  • Julia Sarnoff Espinosa, Del Lago Academy– Courage to Overcome, Health Condition
  • Soyon Kim, Canyon Crest Academy – Creativity
  • Miguel Aldrete, San Diego State University – Public Speaking
  • Habon Hassan, Crawford High School – Youth Humanitarian
  • Emily Hada, Mount Miguel High School – Most Enterprising
  • Antonyio Powell, San Diego City College – Technology
  • Syria Myers, Monarch School – Courage to Overcome: Personal Adversity
  • Hannah Lopez-Powers, San Diego High School – Performing Arts
  • Angelo Salazar, Patrick Henry High School – Commitment to Personal Excellence
  • Kieler Muller, Bonita Vista Middle School – Singer / Songwriter
  • John Finkelman, Canyon Crest Academy – Personal Determination
  • Karolyn Curtis, Morse High School – Social Justice
  • Mel Deorsola, Point Loma High School – Writer / Filmmaker
  • Cindy Maldonado, Orange Glen High School – Courage to Overcome: Family Situation
  • Sidney Adame, San Marcos High School – Campus Leadership
  • Santiago Lopez, Ideate High School – Graphic Art
  • Enrique Gonzalez, King Chavez Community School – Perseverance
  • Crystal Sung, Classical Academy High School – Leadership
  • Emily Pilkington, University City High School – Performing Arts
  • Azareel Canizales, La Jolla High School – Social Conscience
  • Phonisha Pruitt, Lincoln High School – Non-Traditional Sports
  • Tha Dah Say, e3 Civic High Charter School – Citizenship
  • Payton Smith, Muirlands Middle School – Most Promising Teen

The San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council launched in January 2018. Youth Council members include students from six downtown San Diego area high schools: Garfield High, San Diego High, e3 Civic High, East Village High School, King Chavez Community School and the Monarch School. Public defender advisors work with council members to help them achieve their goals as they focus on projects to promote civic engagement and social justice.

– Staff reports


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