Emily Lapidus, a senior at Huntsville High School and a volunteer since she was in third grade, was recognized as the STAR 99.1 / C.A.F.Y. Young Citizen of the Month during Oct. 9, 2014, Huntsville City Council meeting. (Courtesy/Lapidus family)
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on October 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Emily Lapidus, a senior at Huntsville High School and active volunteer since she was a third grader, has been recognized as the October 2014Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen. She received the award at the beginning of theHuntsville City Council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
A founding leader for the B'Nai Brit Youth Organization in Huntsville, Lapidus has helped to organize fundraisers and volunteer efforts on behalf of several local organizations, including Manna House, Boys & Girls Club, National Children's Advocacy Center and Camp Barney. This year she is president of BBYO. She also helped to organize the Jewish Student Association at Huntsville High.Lapidus' youth group advisor, who nominated her for the award, remembered Lapidus first volunteering for community service when she was a third grader.
An active student and club member and officer at HHS, Lapidus is also a physical trainer for the HHS football team, a position that meant she had to take extra classes in physcial training while carrying a full load at HHS.
That academic accomplishment is even more remarkable when considering that Lapidus has had to do her work with the extra challenge of dyslexia.
"It is Emily's nature to be generous and kind," her nominator said. "She has been raised in the Jewish tradition of 'make the world a better place,' and takes this tradition to heart."
The Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen award recognizes youth in the community who are already leading the way in community service. CAFY, which stands for Community Awareness For Youth, and Star 99.1 FM have partnered with Huntsville City and Madison County Schools, the Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville's Office of Multicultural Affairs, Huntsville's Human Relations Commission and DynCorp International to sponsor the recognition of one young person in grades seven through 12 each month who is an example of outstanding community service.
A Young Citizen of the Year, chosen from the monthly winners, will be announced each August at the annual back-to-school event organized by CAFY.