The Town of Tonawanda Youth Board gave Diana Gruninger, an English/theater teacher at Kenmore West High School, the Joseph Allen Jr. Service to Youth Award for going above and beyond what is expected of a teacher and mentoring at-risk students on her own time at the board's 40th Annual Awards dinner.
High schools in the community each nominated one student to be recognized as an outstanding youth: Alexander Russell, Kenmore East; Julia Murphy, Mount St. Mary Academy; Abigail Ochs, Cardinal O’Hara; Rylee Watson, Kenmore West; Mohamed Amin, Sweet Home; Alexandria Rainey, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Career and Technical Center; and Nicholas Manning, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
Patrick Manning was presented with the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award. The top five Youth Engaged in Service volunteers also were recognized: Justin Fuzi, Nathaniel Breeze, Katie Horvath, Anna Nesci and Matthew Sandy. Gennie Vitko, Darlene Evans and Chuck Grunzweig also were honored for their volunteer work on behalf of youth.