Award Winner Spotlights

Every year, it’s a tradition at the Youth Ranches to recognize and honor the achievements of our young men and women at our annual awards banquets. It’s exciting to see our youth receive awards and recognition for areas where they have made great progress and demonstrated excellence. The following students recently received awards: Jeremiah, Taylor, Shia, Ashton and Keenan.


Jeremiah recently received our Program Director’s Award, the highest honor a Rancher can receive. It goes to a young man or woman who has shown maturity, growth, respect and improvement in all areas of life. Jeremiah has shown all of these traits over the last year and we are excited to celebrate his achievement with him!


Taylor recently received our Best Character Award, which takes a lot to earn. Our staff look for Ranchers who show integrity, patience and mindfulness in all aspects of their lives. It can be a tough decision, as we watch so many youth grow and mature during their time with us.

Taylor also recently won the Academic Award, given to the Rancher with the highest GPA at the end of the school year. Congratulations to Taylor for her hard work in earning these two awards!


The Leadership Award is about being a leader in every aspect of life—in the cottage, in the classroom and in the community. Shia has always been like a big brother to the Ranchers in his cottage and has also built strong relationships with his teachers and in his workplace. We are proud to see the growth in this young man!


The Personal Growth Award is often a tough decision. Positive growth is the goal of every youth on our campuses, and they work hard through the year to reach that goal. However, sometimes a Rancher stands out as having made the extra effort to better themselves, their attitude, and their relationships with others. Congratulations to Ashton for earning this year’s Personal Growth Award!


The Jim Strayer Leadership Award is unique to the Boys Ranch campus. Jim Strayer was a pioneer of Youth Ranch history; he helped mold and develop our residential care program to actively help youth prepare for life after the Ranch. This award goes to a Rancher that lifts up the people around them and leads by example. We were proud to present this award to Keenan this year!