San Diego’s Most Remarkable Teens for 2023 honored

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THE San Diego County Public Defender’s Office announced its list of 25 Most Remarkable Teens from around San Diego County and recognized them at a special ceremony on Thursday, November 9.

“In a world that’s constantly evolving, a group of remarkable teenagers is illuminating the path toward an inspiring future,” said Interim Public Defender Katherine Braner. “These young individuals are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the leaders of today. With grit, resilience, courage, creativity, compassion and determination, these young people have something to teach us all. It is our honor to recognize 25 incredible youth and share their inspiring stories.”

The 25 teens were selected from among 77 nominated by the community for their inspiring contributions and efforts in categories such as civic involvement, activism, commitment to personal excellence and courage to overcome personal adversity, science and arts and culture.

All nominees were interviewed and presented their supporting materials before Public Defender’s Office staff and the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council.

The program recognizes youth ages 13 to 19 for their accomplishments. Every nominee was interviewed by the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council panel. All nominees received a certificate of recognition.

Civic leaders and elected officials from San Diego County and the City of San Diego presented the awards at the San Diego Central Library. This is the sixth year teens have been selected for the program.

The 25 Most Remarkable Teens for 2023 are Vidhi Kulkarni, Zinia Khattar, Aiden Gruby, Joanay Benton, Ava Grosely, Arnav Dagar, Sarah Gao, Daphne Mayer, Jabze Solomon, Arden Pala, Aviya Afra, Chris Moya, Jessie Way, Samantha Morden, Stephanie Morden, Hillari Hampton, Hashima Delawarzai, Aneli Garcia, Theresa Aguilar, Shania Mancol, Jacqueline De Anda, Adelina Ramirez, Eddie Garcia, Blessyn Williams and Devin Bacon.

More information about this year’s selected Remarkable Teens can be found at

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