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.