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Members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council have selected Nicole Zedeck as Teen of the Month for December, 2016! Nicole has been chosen for this honor by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because she is an outstanding teen in our community and embodies the following values of Teen Council:
Nicole Zedeck is an extremely active, well rounded senior at Steamboat Mountain School, and has a strong presence in the Steamboat community. Nicole is an active member in the two-year perfect program, a leadership position where Nicole plans activities, delivers announcements, and helps with disciplinary consequences at the Steamboat Mountain School. Nicole has served three years on the Steamboat Springs Varsity cheer team as well. Her passion and drive to volunteer in our community is really what sets her apart, Nicole has been volunteering at Lift UP and the Boys and Girls club on a weekly basis for many years. While growing up in this beautiful mountain town, she has developed a strong love for the outdoors, including skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, biking, fly fishing and rock climbing. Nicole has gained a strong understanding of culture and diversity in her extensive travels to Ecuador, Peru, and Tanzania. She is looking forward to an upcoming trip to Australia where she will be volunteering at a University and helping address the serious issue of coral bleaching.
Nicole has many strengths, she shows pride in receiving the Friend to All award, presented to her by the Steamboat Mountain School. She shows a strong understanding to the true meaning of friendship. When asking Nicole what motivates her to be so involved, she accredited those she surrounds herself with, “I live in a beautiful community where my neighbors feel like family. Everyone in my life has helped raise me and made me the young woman I am today, so the least I can do is give back to my community.” Specifically, Nicole spoke about a strong role model in her life, Nikki Durkan, a teacher and travel inspiration to the students at the Steamboat Mountain School. Durkan has inspired Nicole to stay curious and engage with others.
Nicole plans to attend college and pursue her passion in broadcast journalism. She is eager and excited for what her future holds. In 10 years, she sees herself being a news anchor on the Today Show. She continued to add, “Whatever it is I end up doing, the most important thing is that I am happy.” Nicole shows true thoughtfulness, caring and awareness of how fortunate she has been in her life, and she continues to give back to those around her.
Zedeck’s admiration towards her family is powerful and moving. Her older brother Noah is not only family, but a best friend as well. Nicole loves food, cooking, comedy and laughing. She loves music and shows this while playing guitar and the cello. Her favorite quote, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” by Robby Novak is extremely fitting to her personality.
Congratulations Nicole! Nicole will be awarded with a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate and will be featured in the Steamboat Today newspaper.
About the Steamboat Springs Teen Council: The SSTC, in its 10th consecutive year, works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large, and provide substance free and alternative activities for youth. The program is sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. The SSTC is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation.
To learn more about the SSTC, please visit www.steamboatsprings.net/teen