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"20 Under 20" Class Honored at 21st Century Leaders' 2014 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards
-- Top Georgia High School Students Recognized for Business and Community Leadership Skills --

ATLANTA (Feb. 28, 2014) – The 21st Century Leaders – a Georgia-based leadership development program for high school students – recognized its “20 Under 20” Class of 2014 at the annual Georgia Youth Leadership Awards Thursday, Feb. 27. 

The awards celebrate 20 of Georgia’s premier high school students whose business and community leadership skills have left an impact on communities not only state-wide, but nationally and internationally as well.

In addition to announcing this year’s “20 Under 20” class, 21st Century Leaders presented Kashish Gupta with the Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award – the event’s top award which includes a $1,000 mini-grant. Gupta is the founder of Small World Learning, a project that serves under-privileged classrooms in countries including India, Guatemala, Nicaragua and South Africa by helping improve their education system. 

The event also gave students the opportunity to network with several area business leaders by pairing them with the banquet’s sponsors during the dinner portion. 

Duffey Communications, an annual event sponsor, was paired with “20 Under 20” recipient Tiffani Alexander and 21st Century Leadership Council member, Armand Champion-Young.

Alexander was recognized for her project, Butterflies, Beetles and Bees, Oh My! – a club that takes a creative approach to combating child abuse. And Champion-Young closed the awards show with a thank you speech.

“It was an honor to sponsor an event that celebrates the innovation and leadership of Georgia’s next-generation,” says Sherri Fallin, president and CEO of Duffey Communications. “All of us at Duffey are excited to watch these students continue their development as 21st Century Leaders.” 

This year’s complete “20 Under 20” class includes:

Juliana Abel, North Springs Charter High School
Tiffani Alexander, Alexander Home School
Akilah Blount, Westlake High School
Kirbe Bostick, Marietta High School
Jasmine Durden, Shiloh High School
Ben Goldfein, Weber School
Kashish Gupta, Gwinnett School of Math, Sciences and Technology
Jeneshia Washington-Hughes, Marietta High School
Austin Jackson, Langston Hughes High School
Cristy Jones, Westlake High School
Lauren Ladouceur, McIntosh High School
Christina Lee, Kennesaw High School
Edward Park, Walton High School
Maya Penn, Penn Home School
Lily Sandler, North Springs Charter High School
Sahaana Sundar, Alpharetta High School
Tessa Szalkowski, Henry W. Grady High School
Emily Trammell, Murray County High School
Raigon Wilson, Marietta High School
Anna Young, Armuchee High School

About 21st Century Leaders
The mission of 21st Century Leaders is to inspire the next generation of Georgia leaders by empowering high school students with essential business and community leadership skills through programs connecting a diverse group of enthusiastic peers and passionate professionals. Throughout its history, 21st Century Leaders has connected thousands of Georgia youth from over 200 high schools with thousands of volunteers from the business and professional community; all for one purpose – to prepare the next generation of leaders to lead our businesses and our communities. For more information about 21st Century Leaders, visit

About Duffey Communications
Founded in 1984, Duffey Communications has developed a long-standing reputation for unbridled creativity and a keen spirit of entrepreneurialism. Thirty years and more than 600 awards later, Duffey has grown into one of the most respected public relations and public affairs firms in the Southeast. For more information, visit



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