BROADWAY — Broadway High School senior Tyler Yost will be paying for most of his college education on his own, so it was understandable that he was surprised and excited to find out that he’s getting a little extra help.
Yost, 17, of Broadway, is one of five local high school seniors who will receive a $10,000 Daily News-Record Leadership Award in 2014. Peter S. Yates, editor and general manager of the Daily News-Record, presented Yost with the award at his school Friday.
Yost will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall with the intention to study in the school’s premed program as a biology major. Eventually, he would like to be either a psychiatrist or a physician’s assistant with a focus in psychiatry.
“[The award] is really going to help me to be able to go to the college I want to, and be able to pursue other things other than having to work through college,” he said.
Like other recipients of the award, Yost was humble about his accomplishment.
“The other people that were nominated with me, they’re outstanding students, and I was really surprised,” he said. “I really didn’t think it was coming.”
Yost has been on BHS’ varsity football and track teams, is senior class president, has performed in school musicals, been a leader for various academic and extracurricular clubs and societies and still found time to volunteer in the community.
The son of Greg and Gina Yost, he has certainly stayed busy. He ranks 26th in his class of 236 with a grade point average of 3.771.
The Daily News-Record Leadership Awards are given each year to one student from each of the five public high schools in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Four finalists are selected from among those students who “best exemplify a combination of excellence of character, qualities of leadership and devotion to duty.”
After receiving the names of the finalists from each school, a committee of civic, business and community leaders appointed by Yates interviews the candidates, reviews their applications and selects a winner of the $10,000 award.
This year’s committee was led by Doug Light, an associate vice president and investment officer of Graves-Light Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.
Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., publisher of the DN-R from 1941 to 2001, established the award in 1955. After this year, 260 awards totaling more than $725,000 will have been handed out.
While winners are encouraged to use the award to further their education or get a head start on their career, there are no restrictions on how they may spend the money.
Yost said the vast majority of his award will go toward college tuition, he’s putting aside some money to thank those who have been there for him.
“I also need to take my counselors out to dinner,” he said. “I told them if I won it, I would take them out to dinner.”
Yost said he plans to buy a new laptop for college, hopefully, an Apple MacBook, and maybe take a few friends out to dinner, too.
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