Dawson County High School sophomore Jack Trammell was announced as this year's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award winner last week.
Trammell and alternate Tyler Perry were given letters of congratulations Dec. 1 by Priscilla Taylor, the chairwoman of the HOBY committee from the Dawson County Woman's Club.
Each year, sophomores can apply for the honor that is based on leadership, service and innovation.
"Both of these students are exemplary in their interview, attitudes and approach to leadership," Taylor said after the presentation. "They both have shown us they are very strong leaders."
HOBY is considered America's foremost youth leadership organization and seeks to develop youth across the country as they live lives to make a difference and be catalysts for positive change at home, in school, at work and in the community.
The organization has more than 425,000 alumni.
The two will represent Dawson County at the Georgia HOBY conference the first weekend in June at Agnus Scott College in Decatur.
"I think this is a huge opportunity for me and it's a great gateway into other things too," Trammell said.
Taylor said that each of the finalists was interviewed individually and the committee members were highly impressed with both Trammell and Perry's interviews.
Trammell is taking all honors courses as well as AP world history. He is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Class of 2019 and a member of Future Business Leaders of America.
He is also a member of the Chamber singers and is active in the Y Club.
He hopes to attend either Clemson University or Georgia Tech and to pursue a business degree.
"I will most likely major in business and minor in computer/IT," Trammell said. "If I go to Georgia Tech, I am hoping that one of the businesses downtown will look at me for an internship or something and then ship me off somewhere so I can experience the world."
Trammell thanked the Woman's Club for his sponsorship in attending this summer's conference.
Perry is also in honors classes and a member of the Chamber Singers. She is on the DCHS tennis team and dances with Cumming Dance Academy.
She hopes to get her undergraduate degree in fine arts before going to cosmetology school.
"I think it's a big deal. I am really excited to be invited," Perry said.
Both students will be honored during the Jan. 7 Dawson County Board of Education meeting.
"They have both accomplished so much. They are so worthy of this award," Taylor said.