The Ann Arbor News Young Citizen of the Year Award goes to Crystal Kedroske, for her passion in special education and kindness. Entering her senior year at Dexter High School, she plans to become a special education teacher, seemingly a profession she’s been working towards her whole life. Early on she showed compassionate leadership and empathy for kids who have a more difficult time in school. “When I was in 8th grade I had gym class in the special needs room and I started doing the free time activities with one of the special needs kids who was very quiet,” Kedroske said of her early influences. “As the trimester went on we became closer and we would always high five on the way out of school and say ‘hi’ to each other in the hall. I never would have thought he would speak a sentence to me at the start, but by the end he started to continually talk to me and we were told to be quiet.” Crystal has worked extensively with the Students Need Accepting Peers Club, and she is cheerful and always willing to help. Congratulations, Crystal!