Congratulations to the 2018 Class of “13 Kids Who Care”

Officials from WNYT-NewsChannel 13, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and the Times Union gathered on June 12 at the New York State Museum to recognize “13 Kids Who Care” – children and teens from throughout the Capital Region whose volunteer efforts make the region a better place to live.

The ceremony was the culmination of a very special series on WNYT to honor and reward young persons who go out of their way to volunteer and help their community. Their involvement “touches the lives” of people in the Capital Region and improves the quality of life in its communities.

The 13 honorees were chosen from nearly 60 nominations submitted by Capital Region residents in January and February. Particular emphasis was given to selecting teens whose efforts included helping the disadvantaged, disabled, or at-risk youth.

WNYT News Chief Meteorologist/Reporter Bob Kovachick highlighted one of the 13 young people every Monday since March on NewsChannel 13’s “Live at Six” news broadcast.

Joining Kovachick, family members, local dignitaries, and Capital Region school administrators and teachers in honoring the “13 Kids” were WNYT General Manager Stephen Baboulis, SPHP President and Chief Executive Officer James K. Reed, M.D., Times Union Marketing Director Greg Stapleton, and special guest speaker Coach Rich Johns from Act With Respect Always.

“We are recognizing these students this evening for having the courage to take action, to help make a difference,” said Reed. “They have the ability to envision a better tomorrow and are working to make it happen. We are confident tomorrow will be better because of them.”

In addition to being honored at the ceremony, each student received a $500 contribution from the sponsoring organizations to be given in the youth’s name directly to the local charitable organization of his/her choice.

The following are the Capital Region young people who were chosen as “13 Kids Who Care” for 2018:

  • Christopher Baker
    South Glens Falls High School
  • Jordyn Bucci-Mooney
    Shaker High School
  • Emma Detlefsen
    Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary
  • Imani Elad
    Doane Stuart School
  • Brodey Flynn
    Hackett Middle School
  • Austin Halloran
    Albany High School
  • Scott Jones
    Glens Falls High School
  • Kimberly Murray
    South Colonie Central High School
  • Carli O’Hara
    Cohoes Middle School
  • Alexandra Sipos
    Albany High School
  • Jack Sweet
    Glens Falls Middle School
  • Bryel Weinlein
    Columbia High School
  • Kandice Wilbur
    Greenwich Central School

To view Kovachick’s segments on each of this year’s 13 Kids Who Care, please visit:

To view a gallery of photos from the event, visit St. Peter’s Health Partners’ Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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