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Collin Taylor Young and Hailey Lisann Ernest have been named Junior Students of the Year for 2013–2014, according to Ely Elks Lodge #1469. Young, age 14, is the son of Adam and Jennifer Young of Ely. Ernest, age 13, is the daughter of Kelly and Kristina Ernest of Ely. Both Young and Ernest will be graduating with the Class of 2014 at White Pine Middle School. The Junior Student of the Year program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to the two outstanding students selected from the Junior Students of the Month for 2013–2014. Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship and leadership are the basis for selection of Junior Students of the Year. Young has been active in basketball, golf, football and Polaris leadership classes. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop #71 and the WPHS singers. His hobbies are sports and reading. Ernest is a Sacred Heart Church altar server and member of the church youth group. She is a member of the volleyball and basketball travel teams for 7th and 8th grade and is a member of the WPMS leadership class. She is in WPMS Student Council and was nominated to the All-Star team for summer softball. Ernest is also a WPMS Academic All-Star and a volleyball athlete of the week. She was also nominated to People to People Leadership Ambassador program. Her hobbies are volleyball, basketball, softball, baking, babysitting and hanging out with friends and family.