CHS senior Josh Denison receives Prevention and Youth Legacy Awards

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
L to R: Dr. Anthony Smith, RSD asst. superintendent; Josh Denison and Laura Smith, SVCN. Photo by Leanne Christensen, RSD
Josh Denison, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, has been the recipient of numerous awards this month; not only for his high academic and sports related successes, but also for his dedication and involvement regarding the prevention of substance abuse among youth in our community.

The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recognized Josh with their "Prevention Award" at the CHS Senior Awards Night celebration for his years of participation in the Riverview Youth Council, and his continued volunteer efforts regarding the awareness and prevention of substance abuse among youth.

The Network also recognized Josh at their 15th annual "Rise and Shine Volunteer Awards Breakfast" on June 2nd by presenting him with the 2011 Youth Legacy Award for his many years of involvement in providing community education, raising awareness and providing and supporting healthy youth activities and opportunities throughout the Snoqualmie Valley.

During the award ceremony Youth RSD Council Leader Laura Smith shared, "Josh is one of the original founders of the RSD Youth Council. It was his work for the 2008 Key Leader’s Summit on environmental prevention and his attendance at a week-long Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference that lead to the formation of the council to give youth more of a voice in our community."

In his role on the council over the last three years, Josh has been a remarkable example of walking the talk.

He is willing to speak out about his healthy choices and to take a firm stand against unhealthy ones, by helping to plan healthy social events for teens, participating in community awareness events about teen suicide and bullying, service projects such as Tent City Meals, and he has participated and co-facilitated the "Be the Change" leadership conference.

Josh even traveled with other local youths to Olympia when critical legislation was in need of a "student perspective."

In addition to his Riverview Youth Council efforts, Josh was recognized for his contribution as a long-time Sno-Valley Senior Center volunteer, a volunteer coach for the Snoqualmie Valley Track Club, participant on the RSD Nutrition Committee, and for growing up in a family that has been long recognized as an outstanding volunteer team.

Laura concluded, "Josh has had a hand in more initiatives and efforts in our valley than most adults."

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