YAKIMA, Wash. — The 20th annual Yakima Youth Awards honored those ages 5 to 19 who deserve recognition but don’t usually receive it.

Winners are picked by a group of judges from across Yakima Valley, who base their decisions on one-page nomination letters.

The winners, and a few tidbits from their nominations, follow:


ARTS — Shaunaly Hutton, 17, Eisenhower High School. Student of the Year in Drama, dance captain for “Annie Get Your Gun.”

BUSINESS/ENTERPRISE — Patrick Harris, 18, home-schooled. Saved money and started a vending machine company.

CIVIC/COMMUNITY SERVICE — Kim Dezellem, 17, West Valley High School. Volunteered to improve the communication skills of special needs children; Jessica Sauve, 16, Selah High School. Volunteers in support of a paraplegic who lives alone.

LEADERSHIP — Tyler Cluff, 18, West Valley High School. A diabetic, he cares for two younger brothers who also suffer from the disease and maintains many leadership positions at school and in the community; Emma Kloepfer, 13, Wilson Middle School. Became a “student teacher,” helping classmates and volunteers for numerous events.

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT — Bella Gutierrez, 18, Yakima Online Program. Facing tragedy and obstacles, has become primary caretaker for her mother, who suffers from cancer, while excelling in school.

Small groups

West Valley Junior High Environmental Club Leaders: Helped restore fish runs; ran recyling drive; researching reducing school waste stream.

La Casa Hogar U.S. Citizenship Test Volunteers: Helped people prepare for U.S. citizenship test.

Large groups

Apple Valley Patrol Students: Arrive at school early and leave late to ensure safety of classmates.

Davis Migrant Student Leadership: Organized “Migrant Parents Night,” to help others.