2018 Youth of the Year Finalists

Nigel Wilmore
Southwest High School, Class of 2018
College of Choice: Georgia Southern University
Anticipated Career Choice: Law Enforcement Officer
Nigel A. Wilmore attends Southwest Magnet High School & Law Academy, and will graduate May 2018. Always wanting to stand out, Nigel is taking two honors classes and one advance placement class during his senior year. Nigel strives on being dependable and honest and these two qualities have help him succeed in his high school career. He has been a club member since the age of 6 and has currently been enlisted as a member of the Army National Guard. Nigel enjoys playing the piano and the horn in his high school marching band. He received the award for Most Improved Sophomore and Most Outstanding Brass band member for the Southwest High School Marching Patriots. He was a Governor’s Honors Participant in 2016-2017, Student Government Association Class President for his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Nigel continues to stay focused to maintain and increase his GPA of 3.048. Nigel volunteers at Crisp Street Church of God in Christ as the unofficial leader and the “go-to-man” for his peers. He is the catalyst behind setting up athletic events at church picnics and the church’s first permanent basketball goal. Teachers and students alike look upon Nigel as a dependable, thoughtful leader, one reflecting a strong foundation. Indeed, he is a role model and will change his generation and future generations to come.

Cameron M. Gooden
Central High School, Class of 2019
College of Choice: University of West Georgia
Anticipated Career Choice: Private Investigator
Cameron M. Gooden attends Central High School and will graduate May 2019. Always challenging himself, Cameron is currently a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club and maintains a GPA of 2.8. When Cameron is not at the Club he volunteers his time at the Memorial Gym located in his neighborhood. Cameron’s English teacher stated that he has grown both academically and personally. “Cameron has created a path to a brighter future for himself and his family” says Ms. Lawrence. At the Club, Cameron is the President of the Keystone Club, which is a leadership club that plans and organizes community service projects. Cameron carries himself with dignity and respect. He makes sure that he is a great role model for the younger youth and his peers, at the club and at school. Cameron would like to go to the military and then continue his studies to become a private investigator. He is currently enrolled in the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) class, this class is an academic support system that offers tutoring, college and career exploration, and mentoring opportunities for leadership development. Cameron is determined to succeed in life, so that he may go back to his community and help others along the journey we call life.

Kedar Little-Brooks
Central High School, Class of 2020
College of Choice: Kennesaw State University
Anticipated Career Choice: Engineer
Kedar Little-Brooks currently attends Central High School and will graduate in May 2020. Kedar plays basketball at Central High School and received the Coach’s Award for 2016-2017 Junior Varsity Basketball Team. He is also on the A/B Honor Roll. Although he is busy with basketball and keeping his grades up, Kedar always makes time to volunteer and give back to his community and church. Kedar is a member of the Keystone Club at The Boys & Girls Clubs. At his church, Kedar is a member of the mime ministry and participates in bible study, Sunday school, and worship services. Kedar is an E.L.I.T.E Leadership team member, which prepares students to succeed academically, prepare for college and careers, encourage healthy life-styles, and promote self-management. Kedar volunteers at the Loaves and Fishes food bank and continues to show concern for his community. He still has a couple of high school years ahead of him and plans to make his time there very memorable and impactful.

Tricia Velasco