2018 YICU Service Awards 

YICU 2018 Nominees

2018 YICU Service Award Nominees

Individual and team WINNERS of the 2018 YICU Service Awards

FBT is pleased to announce the recipients of 2018 YICU Service Awards. YICU celebrates young leaders who are role models that make a positive impact on others’ lives and their community through everyday actions in their neighborhoods, schools, social service agencies, or through voluntary service to others.  

An independent panel of leaders reviewed 35 nominations and selected three winners in three different age groups. Nine individuals and one team were chosen from the outstanding group to receive awards based on their service and community leadership! This year's award recipients are:

Age Group 12-15
Akhila Mattapalli, 15, Normal Community High School
Avani Rai, 12, George L. Evans Junior High School
Muneeth Narra, 15, Normal Community High School
Age Group 16-17
Ajitesh Muppuru, 16, Normal Community High School
Breanne D’Costa, 16, Central Catholic High School
Kavya Sudhir, 17, Normal Community High School
Age Group 18-22
Aishwarya Shekara, 19, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Emma Hartness, 20, Illinois State University
Isaac Simmons, 20, Illinois Wesleyan University

2018 YICU Service Awards Winners

2018 YICU Service Award Winners

Team / At-Large Category Winner

Little Food Pantry Team

Akhila Mattapalli

Akhilasri Arla

Anaghasri Arla

Anisha Amaravadi

April Franklin

Arjun Kale

Avani Rai

Dhirti Mudigonda

Kirti Kandury

Kruti Sudhir

Manasa Chenna

Manasi Kinikar

Nachiketh Rotte

Rahul Menta

Rajeswari More

Ritika Menta

Rohan Darsi

Sankalp Amaravadi

Sharanya Rotte

Shlok Kinikar

Shruthi Vudaru

Siri Harish

Sriya Darsi

Yash Gollapudi

Winners: Little Free Pantry

Little Food Pantry Team

YICU Youth Mentor Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to youth programming and empowerment. This year’s winner is Jeff Schwartz. Jeff is the Founder and Director of the McLean County Diversity Project. The mission of the project is "to foster a functional and rational acceptance of the differences that reside in us all."

YICU Youth Advocate Award recognizes organization or non-profit that has demonstrated commitment to youth programming and empowerment. This year’s winner is Unity Community Center. Unity Community Center is a multicultural family-based center inspiring youth, strengthening the family, and building community. Out-of-school time programming provides the youth in this community the opportunity to receive tutoring, enrichment, and academic support in a safe environment that promotes the BIG M – Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery.

Jeff Schwartz

Laura Holland, 

Unity Community Center

FBT is excited to make a $250 donation towards the following non-profits chosen by the award winners:

  1. Unity Community Center (in honor of Akhila Mattapalli)
  2. Unity Community Center (in honor of Avani Rai)
  3. Special Olympics (in honor of Muneeth Narra)
  4. Not in our school (in honor of Ajitesh Muppuru)
  5. Seedling Theatre Company (in honor of Breanne D’Costa)
  6. Not in our school (in honor of Kavya Sudhir)
  7. Not in our school (in honor of Aishwarya Shekara)
  8. Seedling Theatre Company (in honor of Emma Hartness)
  9. West Bloomington Revitalization Project (in honor of Isaac Simmons)
  10. West Bloomington Revitalization Project (in honor of Little Food Pantry Team)
  11. McLean County Diversity Project (in honor of Jeff Schwartz)
  12. Unity Community Center (in honor of Unity Community Center’s staff and Board of Directors)

Individual and team nominees of the 2018 YICU Service Awards

Age Group 12-15
Akhil Vytla, 13, University Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL
Akhila Mattapalli, 15, Normal Community High School
Alonnah Wallace, 15, Bloomington, High School
Anisha Amaravadi, 13, Chiddix Junior High School
Avani Rai, 12, George L. Evans Junior High School
Bradley Ross Jackson, 12, Calvary Christian Academy
Kamille Harvey, 13, Bloomington Junior High School
Manasa Chenna, 15, Normal Community High School
Muneeth Narra, 15, Normal Community High School
Age Group 16-17
Ajitesh Muppuru, 16, Normal Community High School
Anagha Arla, 16, Normal Community High School
Ben Witzig, 17, Normal Community High School
Breanne D’Costa, 16, Central Catholic High School
Camron Hinman, 17, Normal Community High School
Crystal Wilson, 16, Bloomington High School
John Tofte, 17, Homeschooled
Julia Hilt, 17, Bloomington High School
Kavya Sudhir, 17, Normal Community High School
Mitch Metivier, 17, Normal Community High School
Samuela Kamara, 16, Normal Community High School
Trey Harris, 17, Bloomington High School
Yash Gollapudi, 16, Normal Community High School
Age Group 18-22
Aishwarya Shekara, 19, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Alanna Scoggins, 19, Illinois Wesleyan University
Clarissa Gerrard, 22, Illinois State University
Colleen Connelly, 20, Illinois State University
Emma Dalton, 21, Illinois Wesleyan University
Emma Hartness, 20, Illinois State University
Isaac Simmons, 20, Illinois Wesleyan University
Jen Ehresman, 20, Illinois State University
Joshua Crockett, 20, Heartland Community College
Rebecca Kath, 19, Olympia High School
Sky Holland, 19, Heartland Community College
Zitlally Arias, 18, Normal Community West high School

Team / At-Large Category

Little Food Pantry Team

Akhila Mattapalli

Akhilasri Arla

Anaghasri Arla

Anisha Amaravadi

April Franklin

Arjun Kale

Avani Rai

Dhirti Mudigonda

Kirti Kandury

Kruti Sudhir

Manasa Chenna

Manasi Kinikar

Nachiketh Rotte

Rahul Menta

Rajeswari More

Ritika Menta

Rohan Darsi

Sankalp Amaravadi

Sharanya Rotte

Shlok Kinikar

Shruthi Vudaru

Siri Harish

Sriya Darsi

Yash Gollapudi

 

 

2018 YICU Service Award Nominees

2018 YICU Service Award Nominees