Youth Commission

Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award

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The Lone Tree Youth Commission, in partnership with the City of Lone Tree, is pleased to announce the Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award program that recognizes youth in the community who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement as well as personal achievement. The award provides an opportunity to showcase the talents and contributions of young people at an annual award ceremony during the Lone Tree City Council Meeting on April 17th. The award winner will be recognized by the Mayor/City Council and receive a cash prize of $500.

This award is made possible by award sponsors Public Service Credit Union and the Lone Tree Youth Commission.


Competition for this award is open to any student who meets the following requirements:
1. The applicant’s legal residence is located within the City of Lone Tree at the time of application.
2. The applicant must be currently enrolled in eighth through twelfth grade. 
3. The applicant’s qualifying project or the performance of qualifying deeds or actions identified in the application were conducted within 12 months prior to the date that the application is received. 


1. One award will be given annually at a presentation to City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting in April. The award will be presented to a deserving youth currently in eighth through twelfth grade. 
2. In the event that there are no qualified applicants, the City of Lone Tree reserves the right to suspend the award cycle for the corresponding year.  

The Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award will be determined by the Selection Committee based upon the Committee’s determination that the applicant best satisfies the following criteria:
1. The applicant is someone that has demonstrated leadership through community service or other outstanding accomplishments in academics, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, environment, sports and recreation, social action, or personal triumph. 
2. The applicant demonstrates the potential to become a leader in his or her future career, in civic and community affairs, or both.
3. The applicant exhibits strength of character, maturity, integrity and stability. 

1. The Selection Committee will be comprised of the Chair of the Lone Tree Youth Commission, one additional Lone Tree Youth Commissioner selected by the Youth Commission, one member of the Lone Tree City Council, the Youth Commission’s Staff Liaison, and up to one additional leader in the community who has demonstrated a commitment to the City of Lone Tree. 
2. The application acceptance period will open February 1, 2018 and run through March 22, 2018. 
3. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 28th. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview with the selection committee to take place the week of April 2, 2018.

To complete the application, the applicant should:
1. Fully answer each question in the online application and submit it by March 22, 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018. 
2. The online application will ask for the following information. It is recommended that applicants prepare the information ahead of beginning the application process as applications must be completed in one session.

-Applicant Information (Name, Age, School, Contact Information)
-Parent/Guardian Information (Name, Address, Phone Number)
-List of Extracurricular Activites
-List of Honors & Awards
-Employment & Volunteer Experience
-A personal essay of 250-750 words describing in detail how you (or your actions) have had a positive impact on your community. Be sure to include specific examples of your leadership through community service or your accomplishments in academics, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, environment, sports and recreation, social action, or personal triumph as it relates to your application. 

3. After submitting the online application applicant's must email (or have their school email) a PDF (scanned versions are fine) of the applicant's school transcript/report card to 

3. Request two recommendations from neighbors, teachers or other people in the applicant's life that can speak to how they fulfill the awards criteria. Applicants should ask their recommenders to fill out the online recommendation form at by the March 22nd deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their recommendation forms have been submitted by their recommenders. 

4. Applicants can check on the status of their application at any time, including status of recommendation submissions, by emailing Austin Good at

5. Applicants may make changes to their application up until the March 22nd deadline. Changes can be made by clicking on the link in the application confirmation email that is sent after first completing the application.

Members of the Selection Committee must disclose any personal relationships, positions they hold (volunteer or otherwise), or circumstances that they believe could contribute to a conflict of interest in determining the recipient of the Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award. Full disclosure must be made verbally by all members of the Selection Committee before the annual selection process begins. In the case where a member of the Selection Committee identifies a personal conflict of interest, they will be removed from the Committee and a replacement will fill the position for the current award cycle. 

If at any time you have questions about the application process feel free to reach out to Austin Good at or call 303-708-1818.
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