Zander Mack, a North Har­din High School freshman, recently won the Kentucky Council of Exceptional Child­ren 2019 Yes I Can award in the area of self-advocacy.

The Yes I Can Award cel­e­brates the achievements of children and youth with ex­cep­tionalities, encouraging these individuals to seek their highest potential, and increasing public awareness of the abilities, aspirations and personal qualities of those with disabilities.

“Zander is a person who definitely impacts lives. He has grown from a student who would get frustrated and shut down to an incredible young man who is willing to ask for what he needs in order to be successful,” read a statement from the award announcement. “Zander is a role model for other students. He gave an amazing, encouraging speech to his classmates encouraging them to never give up, even when life is hard.”

Stephanie Weakley, a special education facilitator at North Middle School, nominated Mack for the award when he was a student at the middle school.

“Zander is an amazing young man and a great role model for those around him,” Weakley wrote in an email.

Mack and other winners were honored last week at the Galt House Hotel in Louis­ville.

Information about the awards can be found at community.cec.sped.org/kycec/home.

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