Exchange Club's Youth of the Year

Exchange Club of Salt Lake City honors

Emma Graham and Chris Clyne  

Youth of the Year for 2018-2019 

2018-2019 Youth of the Year: "Strengthening America Through Socially Responsible Communities" 

One of the most popular Exchange youth projects, the Youth of the Year Award recognizes hard-working high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership. This proven program not only rewards outstanding young people, but also provides an incentive for other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement. The club's Youth of the Year advance to district competition, and ultimately, an opportunity to vie for the prestigious National Youth of the Year Award. 


The Exchange Club of Salt Lake City presented Emma Graham and Chris Clyne, along with other outstanding students from local high schools, with a plaque at a breakfast held in their honor. The students were recognized for their community service involvement and academic success.  As the local Youth of the Year, Emma and Chris have been entered into the Youth of the Year competition for the Rocky Mountain District of the National Exchange Club and may advance to compete in the Nationals Exchange Club's Scholarship program.  

Emma Graham is a scholar/athlete who balances her activities, sports, service and academics brilliantly and effectively. This student’s ability to be liked and respected by all different groups of students at Judge is impressive to all. She is open, accepting and generous with her compassion for others. She also owns a sense of humor and quick wit that has helped her adapt to new situations. She has a great facility for meeting new people and connecting with them immediately. Emma craves diversity in her life, and it shows. Emma enjoys a wide variety of friends, travel, food, music, and learning. She is a faithful member of the LDS church, yet she specifically sought a high-school education experience that was vastly different than anything she had previously known. Emma has loved learning about the Catholic faith.


Chris Clyne, class valedictorian, is driven by a genuine heart to serve others, this young man has made his mark on our student body and faculty alike in terms of modeling stellar moral standards, setting the highest goals both in the classroom and in our community. His outreach to help others displays his dedication to his peers and his desire to serve his community is apparent through his inclusive nature. Chris is a standout young man who is curious about learning and exploring all aspects of life. Musical, creative, curious and talented, Chris earnestly explores life to the fullest. Chris is Never content with pigeon-holing himself into one area of interest.


Recent Rocky Mountain District Exchange Club Youth of the Year honoree

  • 2019:  Chris Clyne '19, named the 2015-2016 Exchange Club's Youth of the Year for the Rocky Mountain District and recipient of a $500 scholarship
  • 2016:  Maria Stokes '16, named the 2015-2016 Exchange Club's Youth of the Year for the Rocky Mountain District and recipient of a $500 scholarship

Recent Exchange Club of Salt Lake City's Youth of the Year honorees

  • 2018: Jenessa Jimoh '18 and Zach Shubella '18. Jenessa previously attended Stone Hill Middle School and Zach previously attended J.E. Cosgriff. 
  • 2017: Will Ryan '17 and Victoria Stevens ' 17. Will previously attended J.E. Cosgriff and Victoria attended The Madeleine Choir School.
  • 2016: Maria Stokes ’16 and Yahya Yussef ’16.  Maria previously attended The Madeleine Choir School and Yahya is a graduate of the McGills School.
  • 2015: Caroline Holyoak '15 and Paul Oliver '15. Caroline and Paul previously attended J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School.

About the Exchange Club

Exchange, America's Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. 


The Rocky Mountain District is composed of Exchange Clubs from Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. The Exchange Clubs in the district are part of the National Exchange Club, the largest strictly American service club organization. Exchange is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of more than 800 clubs and nearly 28,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


The purposes of the district are to strive for the attainment of the ideals and purposes of The National Exchange Club by:

  • The building of local Exchange Clubs.
  • Increasing fellowship between clubs within the district.
  • Strengthening established clubs.
  • Promoting the participation of local Exchange Clubs in the Program of Service of The National Exchange Club.