For the third year in a row, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri member Chase Stone, 16, has been named the Club’s teen Youth of the Year winner. Joining Stone are Korbyn Thompson and Anthony Sisemore, who won the elementary and junior categories respectively during the Youth of the Year event, presented by Inter-State Studio & Publishing Co., held January 18.
Youth of the Year is the Club’s premier youth recognition program, which honors outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. To be named a Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can achieve.
“Youth of the Year is an opportunity to showcase our members’ story of what Boys & Girls Club means to them,” said Executive Director Gary Beckman. “For some it’s a place to do fun things with friends and get homework help, for others it’s about the relationships that inspire and encourage greatness. This group of remarkable young people make the lives of all those around them better by their kindness, leadership, service and encouragement to others.”
Stone, a member at the Cole Camp Site, previously won the teen category in 2020 and 2021. With this win he will receive a $1,000 scholarship to State Fair Community College, a $4,000 scholarship to Missouri State University and will go on to compete for the Missouri Youth of the Year title. Sisemore will also compete at the junior level of Missouri Youth of the Year event, which will be held virtually in the spring.
“Youth of the Year is such a special night for Boys & Girls Club and this year was no different,” said Director of Operations Tyler Hudson. “It’s always wonderful to hear Club members share their personal stories about what Boys & Girls Club means to hem and their Club experience.”
This year’s judges included Hillary Bilbruck, Grant Leeka, Boys & Girls Club Board Treasurer Todd Gerlt and Boys & Girls Club Alum Donal Buckner.