Wakefield nominated for HCCAOD Youth Service Award

Andrew Wakefield with his parents, Linda and Richard Wakefield.

Andrew Wakefield was recently honored as the Westfield High School nominee for the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Service Award.

Wakefield was a foreign exchange student in Spain and a member of Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society. He also has volunteered as a Spanish translator for parent-teacher nights. Wakefield is a member of the National Honor Society, Amnesty International and his church’s youth group. He was the team captain and Most Valuable Player of the high school tennis team. He was a volunteer student teacher at Carey Ridge Elementary School where he was part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which helps educate youth to be alcohol- and drug-free.

HCCAOD Youth Service Award high school nominees Andrew Schmidt (Noblesville), from left, Andrew Wakefield (Westfield), Robert Gomez (Hamilton Heights), Kelsie Evoy (Sheridan), Taylor Webb (Fishers), Taylor Fontan (Hamilton Southeastern) and Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger.

Wakefield says his greatest accomplishment has been his work as a student teacher, and “being able to be part of the intellectual and behavioral development of the kids and watching their focus on school work, which enabled them to remain alcohol- and drug-free,” he said.

Wakefield’s school counselor says he is committed to developing good character and values, not only at his high school, but in the community.

“He is a natural leader and mentor, and thrives when helping others,” Wakefield’s counselor wrote in his nomination. “Andrew is also an excellent student and accomplished athlete.”