VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - On Wednesday night, the Virginia Aquarium and 10 On Your Side honored a special group of young people who will shape the area in the years to come.
The Hampton Roads Young Achievers is a program designed to encourage character and community involvement in young people.
Some of the students won scholarships during the event hosted by 10 On Your Side's Don Roberts .
"I am on the Ocean Lakes boys soccer team, and we do a lot of volunteering for that. We help out with the Tidewater food bank," said Austin Gillies, a junior at Ocean Lakes High School.
Tallwood High School sophomore Indira Sookdeo said, "The dance competition recently raised over $3,000... I'm class vice president right now, so we kept half the money for our class and donated half of it to Susan G. Komen."
For Justin Duck, he is following in his father's footsteps.
"I have been active in the local fire department. I joined that because my dad joined back when he was a teenager, so that really inspired me to join that," said Duck, who attends Windsor High School.
By recognizing students for their hard work, motivation, and responsibility, 10 On Your Side hopes to propel them on to better things.
"Makes you feel good about all the young people when you see people like this, and we feel like there is hope because we see them doing it," said Jean Yokum, CEO of Langley Federal Credit Union.
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