First, I would like to welcome those of you reading this during your visit to our community for the Cooper-Young Garden Walk. This event is organized and produced by a fantastic group of volunteers who are passionate about gardening and their community. As you will see during your walk, Cooper-Young is a historic community with diversity in people and garden styles. We are glad you could come visit us, and we hope that you come back again.

Second, the Cooper-Young Community Association is excited to announce the recipient of the first annual Cooper-Young Leaders Scholarship. As detailed in an article by Sheree Stubblefield, this scholarship was established and funded by the CYCA to recognize and develop young volunteers and scholars in the CY Community. Cooper-Young has a strong history of volunteerism to improve our community, and the CYCA hopes to get our youth involved in these efforts and to inspire them to maintain strong community ties in CY or wherever their futures takes them.

The inaugural recipient is Jackson Danley from Central High School. Jackson has lived in CY his entire life, has excelled in his education, and has been involved in extracurricular activities ranging from Boy Scouts to band. He will serve on the CYCA board for the next year and assist in the organization and production of our events and volunteer activities. After the completion of his tenure, Jackson will receive a $1,000 scholarship to assist with college tuition. Congratulations, Jackson! We are excited to start what will hopefully be a pipeline of educated, community-engaged volunteers in our historic community. — Mark Morrison

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