The University of Utah’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award honors students (grades 7-12) who demonstrate dedication to leadership in their communities and daily activities. Each 2021 Youth Leadership Award recipient is honored during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week held at the University of Utah. The reception is limited to recipients, family members, teachers, counselors, friends and University personnel.

Congratulations to this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Award Recipients! We hope everyone will be able to join us on January 18 – 23 for MLK Week and thank all the nominators and students nominated.

Awardees

2021

Ameer Al Sammarraie
Layla Alnadar
Dylan Flores
Emma Greally
Nayra Green
Fatna Ibrahim
Ali Khalaf
Emanuel Ortega
Biana Salgado Alavarado
Vanessa Vargas
Dana Elise Warren

2020

Dahlia DeNiro
Mackenzie Dessin
Karuna Dhungel
Salma Djalal
Isaac Hernandez
Liliane Kwizera
Jisung Lee
Daphne Liu
Sahra Madey
Alyssa Pham
Alisha Ruiz

2019

Lauren Calamity
Vienna Chen
Joel Clemens
Kayden Denny
Kafoatu Fotu
Ngalu Fotu
Daisy Nielson
Moala Solomone-Hala’eua
Nina Williams

2018

Yulianna Aguilar
Eileen Alvarez
Sylviane Bahati
Ramis Banuri
Elizabeth Barajas
Cherifatou Bassa
Carlos Gonzales
Andrew Khong
Anisa Madey
Victoria Nguyen
Hunter Okialda
Taya Riddle
Haidy Rivera
Sam Sauvalle
Sarah Sun
Jordan Thomas
Andrea Valtierra
Jessica Walker

2017

Zion Baker
Isabella Canada
Lucas Cass
Kristen Crawford
Aaliyah Echeverria
Jacqueline Guiterrez
Xavier Hutton
Rosine Nibisaka
Sadie Rodriguez
Arden Tesch
Jayden Thompson

2016

Parker Banks
David Duran
Maya Ellis
Arnold Gatoro
Jeanette Herrera
Sabrina Johnson
Sahar Kanishka
Alexander Khong
Gaby Puerto
Bianca Urrutia
Kiara Vargas