Kelsey P. , 2016 YOUTH OF THE YEAR • CODY ROAD CLUB
Kelsey, a rising senior at Baker High School and last year’s First Runner-Up, has been chosen the organization’s Youth of the Year and the Youth of the Year for the State of Alabama for 2016. In four out of the last six years, the State’s Youth of the Year has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama.
Kelsey credits participation in both programs at her Boys & Girls Clubs and activities at school with giving her the confidence and sense of independence that have made her successful. As a member of the Cody Road Boys & Girls Club, she participates in the Gavel Club and has founded Teen Talk, a weekly forum where teens discuss local events and national news.
At Baker, she is a member of the school’s acclaimed Dance Team, is in the Advanced Placement Program, and has a weighted GPA of 4.5. Her ambition is to complete a pre- med degree, medical school, and a surgical internship, and become a general surgeon.
For winning the State title, Kelsey will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Beverly Burton Scholarship Trust; a $5,000 scholarship funded by Disney, Toyota, the University of Phoenix, and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. For winning the local title, she will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund and a $100 cash award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama.
Krista L. , FIRST-RUNNER UP • SONNY CALLAHAN CLUB
Krista, soon to be a senior at Theodore High SchooI, is a six-year member of the Boys & Girls Club having joined in the fifth grade. She credits the Power Hour Program with making her a better student. She currently works as a volunteer with Power Hour, helping younger children with their school work. Krista also coaches volleyball at the Club and works as a volunteer with Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly the Bay Area Food Bank.
At Theodore, she has been on the AB and A Honor Rolls, is in the National Honor Society and the English Honor Society, has been in honors classes for several years, and has a weighted GPA of 4.0. Her plan is to attend the University of South Alabama and to become a nurse.
Krista will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund and a $100 cash award from the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama.
Tiffany P, SECOND-RUNNER UP • KIWANIS CLUB
Tiffany, a five-year member of the Boys & Girls Club, is a Team Leader for the “No Limits” Girls Aviation Program, participates in the Gavel Club, and helped as a volunteer with the construction of the new playground at the Club. For this year alone, Tiffany has over 60 total volunteer hours.
Tiffany is going into her junior year at Murphy High School,where she has a 4.3 GPA and is enrolled in the Center for International Studies Academy. Her long range plan is to attend Swarthmore University in Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree and the University of Dlinois for graduate work.
She intends to become a professor of cognitive psychology. She will receive $1,000 from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund and a $100 cash award.
Jace M • SEMMES CLUB
A rising junior at Mary G. Montgomery High School, Jace has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for six years. At the Club, he has been active in the Torch Club and in athletic and arts programs. He plays on his high school football team, is an outstanding ROTC cadet, and is enrolled in the Advanced Degree with Honors program. He will receive $500 from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund
and a $100 cash award.
Deleeicia T • OPTIMIST CLUB
Daleeicia has been a Club member for over five years. She is an active participant in many programs,including the “No Limits” aviation program, the Keystone Club, and the Gavel Club, where she has won numerous awards as Best Speaker. At Davidson High School, she is on the AB Honor Roll and is an Honor Roll and NJROTC cadet. She will receive $500 from the Emily Hearin Scholarship Fund
and a $100 cash award.
For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.
Each year, one exceptional Club member
is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.
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