Clark County Youth Salute spotlight

Published 2:30 pm Monday, July 24, 2023

Staff Report

Five hundred thirty-two outstanding leaders from 54 high schools in central Kentucky are being recognized in this year’s Youth Salute, including George Rogers Clark High School. For the next few weeks, the Sun will feature a trio of students chosen from the school. This week’s students are Addison Baber, Ava Woolums and Emily DeBord.

Baber is active on the school’s girls golf team, the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and Smoke Signals Student media. She has already accumulated a plethora of titles in the pageant world and her honors include: 2018 Miss Preteen Clark County Fair, 2021 Miss Teen Cark County Fair and 2021 Junior Miss Teen Kentucky. Outside of school, Baber is a Winchester-Parks and Recreation counselor, has won DAR honors and is a proud alum of Shearer Musical Theatre.

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In the future, Baber plans to attend college and earn a degree in broadcast journalism with hopes of pursuing a career in entertainment news.

Woolums is active on the GRC girls golf team and the cheerleading squad while also participating with Smoke Signals Student Media and the French Honor Society.

Her future plans are to attend college and earn degrees in journalism and education with hopes of pursuing a career as a teacher.

DeBord stays busy as a member of the school’s student council, the Beta Club, the National Honors Society, the Pep Club, the dance team and the Health Occupations Students of America. She is the vice president of the Cardinal Singers, was a state finalist at the Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic and was featured on WKYT’s 2021-22 edition of Scholastic Ball Report.

After graduation, DeBord plans to become a Registered Nurse and then pursue a career as an esthetician.

The Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership was formed in 1980 to conduct the Youth Salute in nearby counties in cooperation with the National Council on Youth Leadership, a non-profit organization. Students were nominated by teachers, guidance counselors and principals for this year’s Youth Salute. In order to qualify, the student had to be a junior (senior class of 2024), have a 3.0 GPA or better and have held at least two leadership roles to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.