The winners of the Chrysler Youth Awards at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn April 25 for Walsh Jesuit High school were Jacqueline Komos and Graysen Petersen-Fitts.
Jacqueline attends Walsh Jesuit High School. She spends her time in the theater practicing for various choirs and musicals. She has pursued music theater at high school, Playhouse Square, Weathervane Playhouse and Aurora Community Theatre. She has worked at Cold Stone Creamery, done service at places such as HM Life Opportunity Services, Akron Children's Hospital and her parish. She co-founded GENESIS -- a faith-sharing group -- and is the student assistant director of the production of "Peter Pan." She has received the Yale Book Award, High Honors, Homecoming Queen, various performing arts awards and is a member of the National Honor Society. She currently is auditioning for the music theatre programs at eight colleges including Elon University, Point Park University and Otterbein College. She hopes to continue her theatre studies at the college level and is considering a minor in philosophy, religious studies or business.
As a freshman, Graysen was elected vice president of his class. In the years following, he was sophomore and junior class president and, as a senior, Student Body President. He received a Bausch and Lomb science award, a local science award from ACESS (Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Society) and was nominated for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. He is currently coordinating a school-wide USO service drive. In the future, he plans to attend the University of Notre Dame where he will major in the pre-professional medical program with a focus on biology.