Shiane D. Jacocks
On Tuesday, April 25, the Riverside Youth Council held this year’s ceremony for the 25 Most Remarkable Teens at City Hall. Parents, relatives, and other loved ones gathered downtown to watch their children be recognized for their achievements and hard work.
Of the 100 who applied, these 25 students, nominated by mentors, family members, or teachers, received an award of achievement. Schools represented included La Sierra, Arlington, Norte Vista, Encore Performing, and Woodcrest Christian High School, and the California School for the Deaf.
One of the teens recognized at the ceremony was Nathaniel Colbert, Sophomore at Riverside STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy High School. On December 13, 2016, Colbert became an Eagle Scout, the first African American in his Boy Scout Troop. An Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Colbert, since the age of seven, has been working toward this achievement. This is a huge accomplishment, which only four percent of scouts ever attain. Colbert also serves as a Patrol Leader, to reinforce patrol methods and set goals for peers. Another way he has demonstrated leadership is through Tae Kwon Do, where he is a part of the Black Belt Team, Action Team, and is a junior instructor volunteering his time to teach the form and principals of Tae Kwon Do.
24 other remarkable students were recognized at the event for their volunteer work, excellent grades, and passion. These students, challenged by diversity and struggle, also found solace in extra-curricular activities, and do not let adversity stop them. The Riverside City Council took note that these teens have a bright future, and that when they reach their goals, the Council hopes that they will come back home to share their talents and aspirations.
The event shined a light on how these students, who successfully balanced school, relationships, and extra-curricular activities, are on the right track as they look toward the future. Colbert plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science and later start his own business where he can help young gifted adults pursue their dreams in the field of computer technology.