2019 Mayor's Youth Leadership Award

Mayor Greg Wheeler Selects Haley Michaelson for 2019 Mayor’s Youth Leadership Award

Mayor Greg Wheeler is proud to announce the selection of Haley Michaelson as the recipient of the first Mayor’s Youth Leadership Award and a $250 scholarship.

Michaelson currently attends Bremerton High School (BHS) and is planning on attending a four-year university to become an administrator of public health in an orthopedic surgical clinic. Her long-term goal is to eventually oversee hospital operations, including government policy and budgeting. She has actively participated in student government (Jr. Class Treasurer, Sr. Class Student-Faculty Representative), numerous school clubs as well as BHS Varsity Cheer. Additionally, she has a passion for sports, and has been involved in Varsity Wrestling and Varsity Volleyball. Haley is also interested in helping others and has served as a volunteer assistant coach at a local youth wrestling club, help run wrestling tournaments, tutored underclassmen in math and science in her high school, and led youth groups at her church. She has been recognized with a variety of awards, including the Olympic League Scholar Athlete Award, Academic All-State Wrestler, and as a Washington State USA Academic State Champion.

“Haley was among many talented students we have in our City who applied, and I’m pleased to recognize Haley for her outstanding academic achievement, leadership and ability with the first Mayor’s Youth Leadership Award,” said Mayor Greg Wheeler.

To be eligible to apply, students had to be currently or previously involved in a school, community or government leadership activity; graduating high school, completing home school or receiving a GED in spring/summer 2019; currently a Washington state resident living in the City of Bremerton; and planning to attend an accredited college or trade school in 2019-2020.

The City of Bremerton’s Mayor’s Youth Leadership Award program was launched this year and recognizes exceptional youth in the City of Bremerton. The application deadline in 2020 is in February and information will be posted in early January on the City’s website. 

Michaelson’s application was also submitted for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Center for Quality Communities scholarship, which recognizes exceptional students statewide. Six winners of the AWC scholarship will each be awarded $1,000 for their education and will be notified by May 2019.