By Sheree Stubblefield
Cooper-Young Community Association is proud to announce the winner of its very first scholarship, Jackson Danley! Danley lives in the neighborhood and attends Central High School as a Junior. He boasts a 4.0 GPA and is an Eagle Scout.
When asked how he felt about receiving the first CYCA scholarship, Danley replied, “I am immensely excited and very grateful to receive the inaugural CYCA Youth Board Member Scholarship. It’s such a great honor to be chosen not only to represent my class and the youth of the neighborhood, but also just to give back to the community that has given me so much.” He has expressed interest in in serving on the Transportation Committee, since he has plenty of experience navigating the neighborhood on foot, by bike and by car. He is most excited about the volunteer opportunities and events, such as the CY4Miler and the Fourth of July parade because he looks forward to involving other Central students.
He looks forward to being a part of the process in planning the major CY events, not to mention meeting more members of the neighborhood. Danley has ambitious goals following his year long stint on the board. “I haven’t yet decided where I will go to college, but the CYCA scholarship will be a great help wherever that may be. I plan to study chemistry and pursue a career in either the energy or the pharmaceutical industry, most likely with the government,” Danley said.
Living in Cooper-Young his whole life has given Danley a unique qualification and perspective to being a part of the CYCA. He has seen it grow and improve over the years and enjoys the broad diversity of people, businesses, homes, and culture. “No two blocks in Cooper-Young are quite the same, a unique feature that makes the community all the more endearing to me,” he said.
Keep up with Danley throughout the year by reading his articles in the Lamplighter during his term where he will share his experiences and what he is learning as a Youth Board Member of the CYCA.