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Centennial high school students recognized

Youth commission, SAFEbuilt present three $1,500 achievement awards

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Three Arapahoe High School students were honored April 16 for their volunteer and other work that demonstrate exceptional leadership. The City of Centennial recognized the students during a city council meeting, and the students each received $1,500 scholarships along with their Youth Achievement Award.

The scholarships and awards were provided by the Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial's Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt.

Honorees

Spencer Christensen

Christensen is a senior at Arapahoe High School. He serves on the National Leadership Council, whose mission is to foster leadership qualities, spiritual growth and cultivate service. On a mission trip, Christensen helped build a senior citizen dining room and taught English to students in Guatemala.

He also has served as an after-school tutor, mentored freshmen at Arapahoe through Link Crew, and volunteered for Littleton Stride races to help raise money for the Littleton Public Schools Foundation.

Christensen has helped more than 700 children with resources and reading opportunities by volunteering 500 hours at Southglenn Library. Last year he was awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal for his volunteer service to the community.  

Rafael Levy-Diner

Levy-Diner is a senior at Arapahoe High School. He volunteers to serve food at the Denver Rescue Mission. He also plays croquet, through the Jiminy Wicket program, with older adults who have dementia. He developed a close relationship with one of the participants and volunteered outside of the program for weekly visits even as the man's disease progressed resulting in several housing moves.

Levy-Diner serves as president of the Arapahoe High School Key Club and class representative for the Littleton School and District Accountability Committee. 

Allie Wennerstrom

Wennerstrom is a senior at Arapahoe High School. She has volunteered for three years as a peer intern helping provide individual instruction to fellow students. Wennerstrom has volunteered at Camp Barnabas, a program dedicated to helping students with special needs and volunteered on a mission trip to Mexico.

She serves as a coach for the Arapahoe High School Unified Basketball team, helping students with physical and mental disabilities. As a junior, she started the Arapahoe High School Unified Track team and recruited local police officers, firefighters and area businesses to support the new group.

Wennerstrom also serves as volunteer for students with autism and speech impediments at the Joshua School.

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