MILFORD >> Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and Milford Youth & Family Services presented the 29th annual Mayor’s Youth Awards on May 4 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Teachers, parents, clergy, friends and group leaders nominated finalists for the awards. Award recipients are:

Elementary School: Ashley Borecki

Ashley is a respectful, considerate and conscientious student. She is very active in the community, especially with the Colbert Veterinary Rescue Organization. In the past year, Ashley has worked to help dogs in a Georgia high-kill shelter get adopted in Connecticut.

Ashley is secretary of the Student Leadership Team and has worked with her fifth-grade classmates and teachers to help raise funds to build a water well in South Sudan. She is active in her Girl Scout troop, enjoys gymnastics and horseback riding, and volunteers with her church.

Middle School: Hunter Fonck

Hunter is a model student: positive, hard-working and preserving. Hunter’s goal is to spread awareness about the rare genetic connective tissue disorder: epidermolysis bullosa. He has begun through his foundation, Hunter’s Wish. He raises funds for Hunter’s Wish and donates to the American Academy of Dermatology and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With his donation to the AAD, Hunter made it possible for a child to attend Camp Discovery, AAD’s camp where children with skin diseases get one-of-a kind experiences in a traditional summer camp.

Middle School: Joseph Honcz

Joseph battled and beat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, he has found many ways to fund-raise for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has asked for donations in lieu of birthday gifts, participated in Walk-For-Wishes and played on a Lacrosse-For-Wishes team. He has also participated in the Evening of Wishes Gala and the Wishes in Flight Campaign. He volunteered for LIVFREE, which provides pediatric cancer patients and their families an experience to give them a break from treatment and provide some family fun time.

High School: Nicholas Bettencourt

Nicholas exudes the message of Milford: A Small City with a Big Heart. In three years he has volunteered as an assistant teacher for children with special needs in the first and second grades Sunday school at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, where he is Methodist Youth Fellowship president. He offers his gift of music on Easter at Gulf Beach for sunrise service, and during summer worship services. He also is a mentor for other students and is a counselor at Camp Happiness.

Group Category: Milford Food 2 Kids

Children and youths from every corner of Milford have raised funds, collected donations and packed bagged lunches for Milford Food 2 Kids, which tackles food insecurity.