2012 Youth of the Year
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Selected among several local outstanding youth, Stephanie Trevino competed against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Missouri Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation in early April. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, 17-year old Trevino is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
The event was judged by Judy Duden of the Missouri AfterSchool Network, Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond, R.J. Lindstrom - Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri Board Vice President and President of Zephyr Manufacturing, Angie Kroeger - Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri Lead Volunteer, and David Floyd - Human Resources Executive at Waterloo Industries. After calculating the judges' results at the Youth of the Year event, Stephanie Trevino of La Monte High School was announced the winner of the teen competition and Thomas Evans of Smithton High School was the runner up.
As the winner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s Teen Youth of the Year, Trevino is able to apply for a full-ride, four year scholarship to Marquette University. If Trevino had won at the state competition, she would have competed for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s sponsor. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2012, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
Although elementary Youth of the Year winners aren’t old enough to compete at the state level, the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri believes it is important to encourage and honor all youth for their achievements.
Elizabeth Hoppe, 11-year old Sedalia Middle School member won the elementary competition and Madison Fisher, 14 -year-old from Cole Camp Middle School was the runner-up.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri or the Youth of the Year program call 660-826-8331.
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