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Exchange Club's Youth of the Year

Exchange Club of Salt Lake City honors

Jenessa Jimoh and Zach Shubella  

Youth of the Year for 2017-2018 


2017-2018 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 Jenessa Jimoh and Zach Shubella, 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, Jenesa and Zach 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.  

Jenessa Jimoh is a young woman of character and self-confidence. Teachers describe her as a shining light, a pleasure to teach and a beacon of hope for our future. Jenessa has performed in school musicals and is a member of Student Council at Judge Memorial. She is very active in the school and goes out of her way to notice others and to be kind to others around her. She is always positive and willing to help with anything. In Student Council, she speaks up and steps up with ideas and action to support the school. Before moving to Utah, Jenessa performed community service hours, many with Yellow Ribbons United. YRU helps veterans and current members of the military with education and employment. Jenessa created wristbands and sold iPhone screen protectors raising over $500 for the YRU. She is a natural born leader who leads by doing. She breaks down barriers and pushes everyone around her to be better.

Zach Shubella is a confident, intelligent, athletic leader at Judge Memorial who is one of the top scholar athletes. Zach is a young man who maintains a rigorous academic schedule, while balancing his participation in sports and activities with the many hours of service he contributes to his school and community. As an avid skier and mountain biker, his deep connection with, and love for the outdoors play a large part in what motivates him to make a difference in the world.  Zach was recently selected to take on the role of President for Judge Memorial's National Honor Society. Zach is a deep-thinker and articulate communicator and is persistent in his pursuits and challenges. 


Recent Rocky Mountain District Exchange Club Youth of the Year honoree

  • 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

  • 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.
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updated February, 2018