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County Tax Assessor Collector Hoyt Named One of JCI USA’s Top 10 Young Americans

Comal County Tax Assessor Collector Kristen Hoyt is one of 10 Americans under the age of 40 recognized by JCI USA's Ten Outstanding Young Americans Program. Facebook image.

Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector Kristen Hoyt, 32, is one of the 2021 Ten Outstanding Young Americans recognized by JCI USA Tuesday.

Since 1938, JCI USA — founded in 1920 as the original member of the Junior Chamber movement — has recognized Americans under the age of 40 who “exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.”

Hoyt will be honored at the group’s 83rd annual black-tie awards ceremony in St. Louis on Sept. 18.

In a press release, JCI USA said Hoyt was one of 10 selected from a field of nearly 60 nominations.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this award and recognition,” she said. “It’s a privilege for me to represent my community and this county. I’ve enjoyed serving as Tax Assessor-Collector thus far and will use this recognition as motivation to do my best for the people of Comal County.”

Also honored this year are Carson King, 25, founder/president of the Carson King Foundation and director of Charitable Outreach, Altoona, Iowa; Roy Hall Jr., 37, motivational speaker, executive director/co-founder of the Driven Foundation, Columbus, Ohio; Antonio Smith, 37, entrepreneur, professional development coach, Columbus, Ohio; U.S. Air Force SMSgt Jessica Roper, 37, national certified counselor, linguist, Kailua, Hawaii; Desteny Miller, 20, Miss Metro 2020, a student at WGU-Utah, Lincoln, Nebraska; Trung Lam, 40, entrepreneur, Honolulu;  J. Gino Cyrus, 24, playwright/filmmaker; graduating grad student, Sumter, South Carolina; Eric Salzwedel, 33, owner, Intentional Purpose Consulting, founder, Do Good Wisconsin, Marshall, Wisconsin; and Sean Hand, 33, director, business development, public speaker, Philadelphia.

Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1970), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gayle Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970), Michele Tafoya (2001) and Ruth Riley (2014).


“JCI is a grassroots movement of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in our respective communities around the world. We empower young people by developing their skills, knowledge and understanding. These young people have the confidence to stand up, make informed decisions and lead their communities to take concrete action towards sustainable impact.

“In 5000 communities across nearly 120 countries, our members are recognized for embracing new ideas, collaboration and diversity, and are equipped to address the most critical challenges of our time. As we empower and inspire young active citizens, our global network will grow and create a better tomorrow.”

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