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Students Honored at 24th Annual Mayors' Awards to Youth

Seventy-six outstanding students from Ada County were recognized and awarded trophies from the mayors of Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, Kuna and Star on Wednesday, May 2.

The 24th annual Mayors’ Awards to Youth event began at 7 p.m. in the Simplot Ballroom on the second floor of Boise State University’s Student Union Building. Opening remarks for this year’s ceremony were given by Boise State President Bob Kustra, who is retiring after 15 years with the university. This marks the seventh-year Boise State has participated as a partner for the event.

Mayor Bieter gives speech


The Mayors’ Awards to Youth ceremony highlights and honors young people who have demonstrated tremendous character by rising above hardships, serving their communities and consistently exhibiting kindness and consideration for others. Each year principals from Ada County’s public junior, middle and high schools are invited to nominate two students to be recognized at the event. Private school leaders are invited to nominate one student.

Below is a story of the accomplishments from one Boise student nominated for this year’s award in the words of their nominator:

Mohamedamin Mohamed (Timberline High School) came to the U.S. with his father and two sisters in November 2016. He was born and raised in the Kakuma Refugee Camp and lived there the first 17 years of his life. They spent many nights in fear, listening to the sounds of violence around them. They were eager to leave the fear and violence behind and come to the U.S. to start a new life. Amin was fortunate to attend an English-speaking school while in Kakuma, so his English skills are excellent. He has gone from a boy in Africa fearing for his life to a high school student at Timberline preparing to go to college. While Amin is almost constantly busy with school and work, he said he is much happier than when he lived in the refugee camp. He feels that he has integrated into his community and he absolutely loves living in the U.S. and Boise. Congratulations Amin!

Mohamedamin Mohamed accepting his award

Modamedamin Mohamed

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

See a full list of this year's recipients.

Published: May 03, 2018