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White Plains Names Michael Hunter 'Youth Of The Year' For 2016

Michael Hunter receiving his Youth of the Year award from White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach.
Michael Hunter receiving his Youth of the Year award from White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. Photo Credit: Provided

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Michael Hunter, a sophomore at White Plains High School, was recently named the City of White Plains 2016 Youth of the Year, announced the White Plains Youth Bureau.

Hunter is active in sports, including football, soccer and track and field. He is an academic scholar and has received high honors since elementary school and continues in high school.

When Hunter was in the sixth grade, he was selected to go on a trip to China with the Pritchard Doggett Clark Foundation as a result of earning high grades. He said the trip was the best experience of his life, according to a release from the White Plains Youth Bureau.

Hunter then went to Beijing and Shanghai during spring break. The trip was helpful as it broadened his exposure to other cultures, the release said.

Additionally, Hunter was a part of the Youth Bureau’s Saturday Academy program. His other community involvements include the following:

  • Member of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Youth Court.
  • Member of the Toastmasters Program.
  • Member of the Westchester Children’s Association Teen Leadership Advocacy group.
  • Model United Nations Club at White Plains High School.

Hunter has also participated in Becknell University Sleep Away Engineering Camp and is an advocate for the New York State Raise the Age Campaign.

He has been accepted into a rigorous college course called Science Research program. This experience has allowed him to learn what it's like to be a college student taking a college course and to be a research student.

The program has been both challenging and rewarding for the White Plains High student.

Hunter finds volunteering and helping others to be a part of who he is, the release said.

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