The winner of 2019’s Young Adult B.E.S.T. Award for Nassau County is
Athena Allen of Uniondale Public Library.
The B.E.S.T. Award (Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens) was established to honor significant contributions by a teenager in library service. Every year teens are nominated by NCLA members and a committee votes on a winner. Then at the annual Long Island Library Conference, the winner is presented along with the winner from Suffolk County.
This year’s winner is 8th Grader Athena Allen from Uniondale Public Library who was nominated by Uniondale Public Library Head of Teen Services Ms. Syntychia Kendrick- Samuel.
Athena is a member of Junior Friends’ which is Uniondale’s volunteer based program for teens. Currently she serves as President of the organization which is voted on by her peers. As Junior Friends’ President, Athena wanted to bring more music programs and along with Syntychia, came up with the program Music with Athena. While her mother often helps, Athena takes charge in teaching children and teens piano, and various string instruments, as well as vocal coaching. Athena herself is a skilled musician who can play all these instruments. The children who attend her music classes learn a lot and the adult that bring them appreciate all Athena does.
Thank you to all to nominated teens for this year’s B.E.S.T. Award and Congratulations to Athena on being this year’s winner.
To read Lisa’s speech click here.
Photos provided by SKS.