SHA Senior Recognized For Leadership Skills With YMCA Youth Character Award

Elizabeth Carrigan, Staff Reporter

On Thursday October 27th, Sacred Heart Academy senior Nancy Loguidice was awarded with the YMCA Youth Character Award for her exceptional leadership and contribution to community service.

An IB Diploma student at Sacred Heart, Loguidice holds the title of the school’s Y Club Secretary and has been involved with both KUNA and KYA since middle school. She serves as the 2016 Governor of Girls State, the KUNA Deputy Secretary General, and a member of the Jefferson County Teen Court. Her dedication and passion for helping others made her a great candidate Louisville YMCA’s prestigious award, the YMCA Youth Character Award.

The YMCA Youth Character Award is an honor given to only a small number of teenagers. Those selected to receive this award are chosen for their involvement in service and embodiment of the YMCA’s Y Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

After a nomination from her father, Loguidice’s biography, resume and social media accounts were reviewed by a selection committee from the YMCA. For her commitment to student government organizations and community service, she was chosen out of over 150 applicants to be one of 14 teenagers to receive the Youth Character Award.

“The first emotion that comes to mind is humbled,” said Loguidice when describing her reaction to her award. “I’ve always been taught that service is just something that should be done, and I don’t see it as something that’s necessarily worthy of awards.”

The 14 award recipients including Loguidice were recognized at the Muhammed Ali Center on October 27th. Presented by Mayor Greg Fischer, the ceremony commended each honoree and their accomplishments.

After receiving her award, Loguidice reflects on how honored she is to awarded for what she loves to do, and how grateful she is for all that the YMCA has done for her.

“Being involved in the YMCA is without a doubt the number one reason that I am the person that I am today,” said Loguidice. “Learning about government and honing my leadership skills all while meeting the most insightful, passionate, globally minded young people that this commonwealth has to offer has been an incredible privilege, and shaped my character and my goals for the future. The best part about being in the Y isn’t the impact that it has on me, it’s seeing the impact that it has on those who come after me.”