HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Wallace Parham, a recent honors graduate of Sparkman High School -- where he played football for four years -- and active community volunteer, has been named the August 2014 Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen. He will officially receive the award at the beginning of the Huntsville City Council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 6 p.m. The City Council meets at 308 Fountain Circle in Huntsville in the ground floor council room.
A fund-raiser since he was a child, walking alongside his mother and aunt for the last 11 years at the annual Huntsville/Madison County Multiple Sclerosis Walk-a-thon, Wallace Parham has also served as a summer camp volunteer at the Burritt Museum in Huntsville and as a Panoply volunteer for the Huntsville Arts Council.
At his home congregation, St. John AME Church, Parham has been very. He sings with the Voices of Praise Choir, is on the Youth Usher Board, dances with Praise Dance Ministry and helps with the sophisticated audio-visual equipment as part of the Media and Audio/Communication Ministry at the church.
Also active in the American Methodist Episcopal regional leadership, Parham is second vice president of the North West Alabama Conference Young Peoples Department for the AME Church, providing an excellent role model for other youth.The Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen award recognizes youth in the community who are already leading the way in community service. CAFY, which stands for Community Awareness For Youth, and Star 99.1 FM have partnered with Huntsville City and Madison County Schools, the Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville's Office of Multicultural Affairs, Huntsville's Human Relations Commission and DynCorp International to sponsor the recognition of one young person in grades seven through 12 each month who is an example of outstanding community service.
A Young Citizen of the Year, chosen from the monthly winners, will be announced each August at the annual back-to-school event organized by CAFY. The first Young Citizen of the Year will be announced Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, during the CAFY Back-to-School Celebration.
The following are this year's monthly winners:
Mathew Reed,a senior at Columbia High School who is an athlete, honor student and volunteer tutor to his classmates, was selected as the February 2014 Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen of the Month for Huntsville and Madison County, Ala. (Courtesy / CAFY)
Alanis Craig,a senior at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., was the January 2014 winner of the Star 99.1 CAFY Young Citizen Award sponsored by the radio station, the Huntsville Police Department and other organizations and businesses. Craig volunteers at many places, including Hospice Family Care's Caring House and as a leader of the United Way Youth Council. (Courtesy / Huntsville Police Department)
Estienne Trudeau,a senior at Huntsville High School, is the March 2014 winner of the Star 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen Award. (Courtesy / Estienne Trudeau)
Mariah Gullatte,the April 2014 Young Citizen of the Month, talks with David Mineta, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mariah was chosen to represent the State of Alabama by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Urban Programs Health Rocks! Program for her leadership skills and her essay on drugs, tobacco and alcohol at the National Drug Facts Week Symposium and Health Rocks Training Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Mineta was the keynote speaker for the conference. (Courtesy / Mariah Gullate)
Sabrina Swistek,a senior at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Ala., with a black belt in karate and an early acceptance to the veterinary medicine track at university, steadies one of the dozens of dogs she knows from her weekly volunteer work at Peace, Love and Animals shelter in Tanner. Swistek is the June 2014 STAR 99.1-CAFY Young Citizen. (Courtesy/Jodi Lemley)
Michael Milam,who lives in Butler Terrace, one of the neighborhoods of the Huntsville Housing Authority, added CAFY Young Citizen of the Month for July 2014 to his list of awards, which includes Youth of the Year from the Seminole Drive Boys & Girls Club and awards for mentoring. (Courtesy/Frederick Whitlow II)