ELIZABETH – The “Youth of the Year Award” was presented to Leighann V. Moreira from Elizabeth High School as part of “Youth in City Government Day” on April 28. Moreira was selected for demonstrating responsible leadership in school organizations and community service.
The “Youth of the Year Award” represents the pride that the city of Elizabeth has for its students of today and its citizens of the future. Since its inception forty-four years ago, this award has recognized students for their leadership in school and for their service to the community-at-large. Moreira’s selection as “Youth of the Year” comes as no surprise based on her impressive credentials.
Elizabeth High School recognized her academic achievement by bestowing on her the Principal’s and Teacher’s Scholar Award, Writing and Composition Award and the English Department’s Poem Award. Moreira was also recognized on the national level as a member of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” as well as earning marks to solidify a place on the National Honor Roll.
Additionally, she is involved in extracurricular activities and is an active community volunteer. She plays a very active role in the Director’s vision, rehearsals, and performances for Community Theater as a leading member in both Talent Shows and Dance Shows. She volunteers her limited time and talents selflessly serving Thanksgiving Dinner at local community shelters, organizing and participating in walks for Crohns and Colitis, runs the 1950s Fashion Show to raise money to help fight Autism and has maintained involvement in the Girl Scouts of America for over ten years.
Pablo Muñoz, Superintendent of Schools, commented, “I am extremely proud of Leighann for bringing an achievement of this stature to our district and for taking advantage of the excellent educational services offered by the Elizabeth Public Schools. I wish her well in all of her future endeavors as she continues to pursue her dreams.”