Applications are now CLOSED for the youth seat and advisory council.
Students with the following qualifications were considered for the council:
- GPA of a 3.0 or higher
- Be a Hanover County Resident
- Attend a Hanover County Public School (i.e. Hanover or Patrick Henry High School)
- Have community service or work experience with people who have developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and/or substance use disorder
- 1 Letter of Recommendation for the youth council (2 for the youth seat) will be required and an essay
Please note: If you apply for the youth seat and are not chosen your application will automatically be considered for the youth council at large.
Libbie Payne is 17 years old and a rising senior at Atlee High School. She resides in Hanover County with her parents and younger sister. She serves as a buddy for Challenger Basketball, Challenger Soccer, and Challenger Baseball. She also attends Young Life Capernaum. She was a member of the TILT homeroom as an eighth grader at Chickahominy Middle School. Libbie is a leader of the Atlee High School Speak Up Club and has a passion for helping others, working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and being an advocate for mental health. Libbie has served on the Youth Advisory Council for the past 2 years and is beyond excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new Youth Seat and will use this experience as a chance to continue to serve and improve her community.
Evan Dupuis is 16 and a rising junior at Atlee High School. He lives in Hanover County with his parents and two sisters. Evan is very active at Cool Spring Baptist Church with the special needs program along with Young Life Capernaum, Friends For Life, and Challenger sports. Evan previously was a buddy for Challenger soccer and basketball. He loves shooting archery and being active outside. Evan is looking forward to being a part of the HCSS Youth Advisory Council.
Claire Elliott is 17 years old and a rising senior at Atlee High School. She resides in Hanover County with her parents and older brother. Claire serves as a buddy for Challenger Soccer and Basketball, Miss Hanover Abilities, The Big Feet Meet, as well as volunteering with Young Life Capernaum. She is very passionate about helping others, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. Claire is hoping to attend college to major in communication science, to then become a speech therapist; to continue to serve those with special needs. She is also one of the leaders for a mental health club at her school, Speak Up Club. She is more than thrilled to have this opportunity to be on the Youth Advisory Council and will use this experience as a chance to continue to improve and serve her community.
Jack McGann is 17 and a rising senior at Atlee High School. He lives in Hanover County with his parents, a sister, a dog and a brother who is his inspiration for his desire to help and advocate for people within the special needs community. He is very active in Challenger Basketball through Cool Spring Baptist church serving as a buddy for several years and most recently as a coach. Jack was a member of the TILT group at CMS and on the steering committee for the formation of the program at Atlee. He served as a buddy for Mechanicsville Little League Challenger baseball. At church, Jack volunteers to work with young children for Sunday morning bible study, has volunteered at VBS and has been a mentor to peers with special needs. He is the first to offer help or support to these kids. He is looking forward to and is very excited to share his passion for advocacy as a member of the HCSS Youth Advisory Council.
Logan Herskovitz is 17 years old and a rising junior at Atlee High School. Logan has been a buddy with both Challenger Basketball and Challenger Soccer. He also plays football and runs track for Atlee. Logan works full time as a lifeguard, volunteers and plays basketball with HYBL, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Logan is excited to serve on the HCSS Youth Advisory Council.
Mykala Weatherless is 17 and a rising senior at Mechanicsville High school. She lives in Hanover County with her parents and her two older brothers. When her oldest brother EJ used to be in school, she would go to his All Star games to watch him and his classmates play. Now, she helps out with her brother in Hanover Arc events. At school, she is a member of BETA and the National Honor Society. During her junior year, she participated as a TA for Mrs. Salvato Potatoes. Throughout her school life, she has always enjoyed assisting her peers with special needs in class. Once a month, she used to volunteer along with off duty teachers at Saturday Sitters, a program for preschoolers with special needs. She's also volunteered in Jr. BETA, the Little Big Feet Meet, Peer Networking, and most recently The Miss Hanover Abilities Pageant. She is exhilarated to have the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Advisory Council for HCSS.