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LLYP’s 2021 class award goes to a Lafayette junior

 Pragya UpretiThe Leadership Lexington Youth Program has presented its annual Distinguished Leader Award to junior Pragya Upreti of Lafayette High School, who figured out a lot about herself during the past eight months. “The most meaningful aspect was being around an incredible group of young people that give me hope for change and a brighter future,” she said.

While COVID-19 restrictions limited the 2020-21 program, Pragya commended the organizing team for adjusting to a hybrid virtual setting, saying, “We got as good an experience as we could.” Her favorite guest speaker was police Chief Lawrence Weathers. “The reason that session spoke so deeply to me is we are having the conversations we need to be having (in Lexington),” Pragya said, referring to racism and equity. “Leadership means recognizing you’re protecting your community, and that their voices, their experiences, their lives matter.”

LLYP encourages students to connect with community leaders and to explore local issues, post-secondary options, career fields, and business opportunities. Peers nominate candidates for the Distinguished Leader Award, which goes to a class member who demonstrates strong principles, dedication to community service, creativity, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, a keen understanding of community issues, and the potential to make a difference.

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(Posted May 6, 2021)