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United States Junior Chamber Names 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

Laura E. Chesney-Gadd

Director, TOYA

United States Jaycees


United States Junior Chamber Names

 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

ST. LOUIS – What do Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton have in common? They are all past recipients of the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans award.  For over 75 years, the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) has recognized the ten young men and women – under the age of 40 – who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation’s emerging generation. The U.S. Jaycees is pleased to name the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 76th annual black-tie awards ceremony – to be held June 28, 2014, at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum Heights, MD.

“Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) program, the US Jaycees have recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them.  Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief – that service to humanity is the best work of life,” said Fay Poissant, President of the US Jaycees.  “ I have no doubt that the 2014 TOYA recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities, much like the Jaycees have been doing for nearly 100 years.”

The United States Jaycees Class of 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Honorees include:

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr, 39, Entertainer

Logan, WV

Lauren B. Beach, 30, Lawyer & PhD Candidate

Minneapolis, MN

Taryn Davis, 28, Founder/Executive Director, American Widow Project

Buda, TX

Amelia Rose Earhart, 31, Aviatrix; Founder/CEO, Fly With Amelia Foundation

Denver, CO

Colmon Elridge, III, 32, Senior Advisor to the Governor of KY

Georgetown, KY

Lieutenant Commander Michael Files, 39, US Navy

Battle Creek, MI

Tevan Green, 36, President/CEO, Citadel Logic, LLC

Yorktown, VA

Jennifer L. Livingston, 38, News Anchor, WKBT

La Crosse, WI

Ruth Riley, 34, WNBA player

Miami Beach, FL

Michael Schultz, 32, Athlete; Founder/Inventor, Biodapt, Inc.

St. Cloud, MN

To learn more about the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young American honorees, the program, or the 76th Annual Banquet and Ceremony event, please visit

About Ten Outstanding Young Americans Program

The Ten Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, The United States Jaycees has sought out the ten young men and women (under the age of 40) who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.  Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970) and Michele Tafoya (2001).

About the Jaycees

Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities, and is ideal for proactive young people ages 18 to 40. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that affect positive change in their home communities and throughout the world.  To learn more about the Jaycees visit


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