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Cove teen positively affects youth programs

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 4:30 am

One Copperas Cove High School student is determined to make the city a better place for teenagers. The high-achiever is leading the charge to provide more activities for youth in the city.

Senior Alexus Blake serves as the council liaison for the city’s Parks and Recreation Youth Advisory Council. YAC is a group of teens that gathers ideas to improve the city from other teens.

Blake, who works with the media to advertise YAC, is a founding member of the group and has served on the advisory board for two years. She is the vice president.

“We want suggestions from teens to make them love this place and say, ‘I’m from Cove,’” Blake said. “Instead, we hear them say, ‘I hate it here. I can’t wait to leave.’”

She said youth serving on the council must demonstrate good behavior and maintain standard characteristics and qualities. Ideas of what teens want to see and do in the city are welcomed.

“Just because someone might have bad grades doesn’t mean he is not going to have good ideas,” Blake said. “We’ve gotten ideas for events like youth Olympics, 5K runs, drive-in movies, and a scavenger hunt similar to ‘The Amazing Race.’”

YAC sponsored a movie night in Ogletree Gap Park on Dec. 14 and has planned events in the new year.

Mark Willingham, of the Parks and Recreation Department, said in Alexus’ second year with YAC, she was instrumental in the transition of new members.

‘A great leader’

“Alexus is a great leader and shows in her dedication,” he said. “Now part of the city as a recreation aide, Alexus is a great addition to our team and we know she will continue to grow professionally.”

Blake maintains a 4.3 GPA and is ranked 13th in the senior class. She plans to work in the medical field and hopes to work with children. She said Baylor University, her first college choice, is her “dream school.”

Blake is taking three college-level classes. She is active in DECA, Peer Assisted Leadership, National Honor Society, Student Council and Communities in Schools, where she tutors and mentors other students. She serves as secretary for the senior class.

She is active in her church, Bethesda Fellowship Ministries, where she volunteers in the nursery and works with youth.

Blake was named the Noon Exchange Club’s Youth Volunteer of the Quarter in December.

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