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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

Secretary Way Presents Youth Leadership Award

EWING, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way presented Sonia Leo with the 2022 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) John Lewis Youth Leadership Award. This award was created in 2021 as a way for NASS members to recognize a gifted, civic-minded young person in their state each year. The recipient should demonstrate leadership abilities, have a passion for social justice, and be motivated to improve the quality of life in their community. Ms. Leo, a 14 year old student from Burlington County, was honored as a civil rights advocate working to support diversity and inclusion initiatives for young people.

“Sonia Leo represents the best of New Jersey’s young people,” said Secretary Way. “She is a gifted speaker who uses her voice to advocate for fairness and inclusion in our communities. I am proud to recognize her with this award and we look forward to hearing more from Sonia in the years to come.”


Sonia Leo receives the award from Secretary Tahesha Way

To learn more about the NASS John Lewis Youth Leadership Award, click here.


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