Every year the U.S. Junior Chamber dedicates an evening at the annual meeting to celebrate several top outstanding young Americans. These individuals exemplify the organization’s mission: to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
These honorees have taken initiative to address needs in their communities and around the world. However, they did not stop there, pushing onward from initial success onto bigger impact. They show the power of young people to create positive change. Noted past recipients of this award include Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Orson Welles and Christopher Reed.
The 2012 Top Outstanding Young Americans:
· Jessica Black, Director of Sales and Marketing, Premier Logic and 2010 Miss United States
· Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
· Tulsi Gabbard, youngest woman ever elected to a state office in the US
· Fred Hoiberg, Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Iowa State University
· Christopher Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority
· Kyle Pagerly, Deputy Sheriff, Berks County Sheriff’s Department
· Michael Pruitt, Owner and Head of Operations, The Vine Martini and Wine Bar
· Sanjay Ramabhadran, international expert in engineer on water projects
· William Vatavuk, advocate for at-risk youth
· Dr. David Washington, advocate for diversity in education
and author of Life is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life
The honorees attended a banquet and a meet-and-greet session with the members at the Annual Conference June 27-July 1 in Des Moines, IA. Kyle Pagerly’s widow attended in honor of his memory. Download the program here.