July 19, 2011 > Fremont teen honored
Fremont teen honored
Submitted By Cristina Bastida, Photo by Charlene Chavez Photography
Nestle is proud to recognize Kylan Nieh and 22 additional teenagers selected to receive the title of "2011 Nestle Very Best In Youth." They were chosen for their academic achievements and exceptional community service, with causes ranging from humanitarian relief efforts to protecting endangered species. In its 14th year, the program recognizes young people who have demonstrated leadership and initiative to positively impact the world.
Kylan, 18, graduated early from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont and is currently a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. As a high school senior, Kylan was valedictorian, student body president, and recipient of six varsity letters in gymnastics, volleyball and track and field. He co-founded Internetting Family, a nonprofit organization designed to teach senior citizens basic computer skills and enable them to communicate with loved ones. "Kylan's leadership abilities are clearly demonstrated in the success of his community service foundations," says Cristina Bastida, executive director of the Nestle Very Best In Youth program.
Kylan plans to apply to Berkeley's Haas School of Business this year and aspires to, one day, start his own company in the high-tech industry.
A partial list of Kylan Nieh's recognition and awards include:
Rotary International Scholarship Recipient
Shigeo Takayama Global Leadership Scholarship
Founder/President WEducate, a non-profit organization
The Nestle Very Best In Youth winners will be profiled in a book, "Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow," which will be distributed to schools and community organizations across the U.S. Additionally, each teen will receive $1,000 to contribute to a charity or project of their choosing, and be flown to Los Angeles in July, for a red-carpet award ceremony.
Nearly 3,500 teens submitted entries, including essays and letters of recommendation, to Nestle USA for consideration in this year's competition. In-depth coverage of this year's finalists can be found at http://www.nestle-verybestinyouth.com/winners.