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2020 National Student of the Year Award Recipients

Congratulations to Zachary Been as the 2020 Student of the year for your exemplary commitment to solving problems for your school and community.


At SLED, we strive for every student to be an empowered learner using their voice to make a positive difference. Some students, however, go above and beyond to help solve problems with their chapter. These students are nominated each year for our Student of the Year Award. Student of the Year recipients exhibit exceptional leadership in galvanizing their chapters to create and execute on a strong vision of impact.

After much deliberation, Zachary Been from Norris Middle School in Bakersfield, California, has been selected as the 2020 SLED National Student of Year!

Zachary is a founding member of the Norris SLED chapter, which first launched in 2018, and has since participated in 258 SLED events in both leadership and support roles. Some of Zachary's leadership roles in SLED projects include their Genius Bar, Google Workshops, Recycling for Clean Water, and Garden Group.

In addition to his tenacious engagement with SLED, he maintains a 4.0 GPA, competes on the school lacrosse team, and operates a woodworking company.

Zachary was voted by his peers as the Student of the Year nominee for both the 2019 and the 2020 school years, and we are proud to award him this well-deserved honor.


Runner Up Student of the Year Award Recipient

While every Student of the Year nomination shared stories of amazing student leaders, we are proud to congratulate Kaeley Wheeland from Patterson High School in Patterson, California, for earning our 2020 Runner Up Student of the Year Award.

Kaeley exhibited tremendous leadership when the initial SLED president had to step down mid-year and Kaeley took their place to move the chapter forward.

As a sophomore AP student also representing her school in multiple sports, Kaeley still made the time to serve on each of the chapter's project teams. She empowered team members to take ownership of responsibilities, while casting a clear vision for success and a plan on how to achieve it. We are so excited to see what the next two years hold for Kaeley and Patterson High School!


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