Youth of the Week: Zachary Buckner | News


The Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau is pleased to announce that the recipient of this week’s Youth Citizenship Award is Zachary Buckner. Zach is the son of Amy and Ryan Buckner and is a senior at Portville Central School.

Zach has dedicated many volunteer hours to his community and his school. He contributed to religious education activities at St. Mary’s Basilica, including spaghetti dinners and the church’s annual festival for six years. He volunteered as a youth soccer coach for six years and helped referee youth basketball games for six years. Zach helped organize the mother’s candle lighting ceremony for 12 years, volunteered at the youth winter football concession stands, helped the t-ball coach for two years and was a member of the Theater Club as a member of the stage crew for one year. He has been a member of the band for five years and the choir for five, winning All-County for three years and attended Solo-Festival with high scores.

Zachary played several sports and also worked hard academically. He played baseball for a year, basketball for two years and soccer since he was four years old. Zach is a multiple sportsmanship award winner in soccer, has been a member of the National Technical Honor Society for two years, and has twice received the Perfect Attendance award. He is currently taking college-level courses in media communications and is a member of Skills USA where he was nominated by his peers for a leadership position.

His future plans are to attend sports marketing college through graphic design. Zach is described by his media communications technology teacher and school counselor as a kind, caring, compassionate and artistic person who is dedicated to giving back to his community.

Applications for the class of 2022 are now closed. If you know an outstanding member of your community who will be in high school next year, you can nominate them for a Cattaraugus County Youth Citizenship Award. For more information, please visit our website at or contact: Alison Crosson, Youth Bureau Program Coordinator at (716) 938-2617.


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