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Veronika Scott Wins JFK New Frontier Award

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Caroline Kennedy listens during an event to honor John F. Kennedy's inauguration on Capitol Hill January 20, 2011 in Washington, DC.  John F. Kennedy, a former Senator and the 35th President of the United States, delivered his first inaugural address 50 years ago today.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Caroline Kennedy listens during an event to honor John F. Kennedy’s inauguration on Capitol Hill January 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. John F. Kennedy, a former Senator and the 35th President of the United States, delivered his first inaugural address 50 years ago today.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A special honor for 23-year-old Veronika Scott of Detroit, the youngest person ever to receive the New Frontier Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Tom Mcnaught is with the foundation. He says Scott personified what the late president John F. Kennedy meant when he said, “the new frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises, it’s a set of challenges.”

Scott initiated a project that created warm winter coats that converted into sleeping bags for the homeless. The 200 empwr (sic) coats have been given to homeless people who would otherwise have no protection from the cold, Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president, presented her with the award.

McNaught says the committee was particularly happy to be able to shine a positive light on someone from Detroit.

“To recognize younger people who are making a contribution in the spirit of John F. Kennedy’s call for a new frontier – to take up the challenge of public service,” McNaught said.

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