RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A senior at Lakenheath High School recently topped 10 other finalists to be named U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s youth of the year.
Samantha Lamont, 18, received a $3,000 scholarship for winning the competition.
“I’m really excited about it. I didn’t think I’d make it this far, but it’s nice to have something to show for what I’ve done,” she said of the USAFE competition.
In two years, Lamont racked up about 1,600 hours of community service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration to earn a gold award as part of the Congressional Award Program, which offers young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it.
She will go to Washington, D.C., to accept her gold award on June 21. Currently, she is competing for the title of U.S. European Command’s youth of the year, with a top prize of a $5,000 scholarship.
Lamont, who works as an intern for the base publication Jet48, is planning to pursue a journalism degree at Emory University in Atlanta.