Kiwanis Club of Weston

Confers
2015 Youth Service Awards

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has conferred its annual community service awards to three distinguished high school students at its meeting Saturday, May 20, 2015.


Kiwanis Youth Leadership Chair Dawn Egan awardees Lilly Shea;
James Rainone, and Jenna Babyak at the 
awards presentation and recognition Saturday, May 20, 2015.
Kiwanis photograph by Jim McMorris


By DAWN EGAN

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has conferred its annual Youth Service Awards to three distinguished high school students. This award is given to a youth or youths who have made a significant contribution to the Weston community or to its sense of civility and have demonstrated exemplary behavior, attitude, and values consistent with those of Kiwanis International. This year's recipients are Lilly Shea, Jenna Babyak, and James Rainone. 


Lilly Shea has worked with Weston Key Club for three years, serving as secretary and managing social media, meetings, and dues collection. Ms. Shea is also a volunteer at Norfield Children's Center and works with the staff running activities for the children enrolled in Hilltop Child Care. In addition to acting as a committee member for Relay for Life, Ms. Shea is also a junior board member for the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven. She is an athelte, participating in track and field, and is interested in graphic design. 


Jenna Babyak has also worked with Weston Key Club for the past three years and currently serves as the community liaison. Ms. Babyak has worked on numerous Kiwanis projects including Superbowl parties, Green-up Day, and the Reservoir Run. She is also active in the arts and is currently president of the Weston High School A Cappella Club, general delegate for Company, and an editor for Literary Arts Magazine. Ms. Babyak has also served as a community class volunteer to benefit special education students and is a long time member of the Girl Scouts. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Music Honor Society. 


James Rainone has worked with Weston Key Club for the past three years and currently serves as co-president. Mr. Rainone earned his Boy Scout Eagle Award in 2014 and is a Weston Volunteer Junior Firefighter. For his Eagle service project, he collected over 150 donated bicycles and repaired them with the goal of providing transportation for adults who did not have a car. Mr. Rainone is also an athlete, participating in cross country and track and field, and is the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration's Scholar Athlete award winner. In addtion, he serves as co-president of the Weston High School Outdoor Club and is a photographer for the school newspaper. 


The Kiwanis Club of Weston, an organization dedicated to community service, sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise funds for local organizations whose activities benefit the community at large. Contributions to the Weston Kiwanis Club Inc., a 501c(3) organization, and its award funds are tax deductible. Please mail any contributions or proposals to establish new memorial award funds to the Foundation at PO Box 1033 Weston, CT 06883 or visit the Kiwanis Club of Weston's web site at www.westonkiwanis.org.