2012 Youth of the Year
Fiesta Bowl Charities is once again sponsor of the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs State Youth of the Year Breakfast. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at US Airways Center. Eight finalists representing Clubs across the state will compete for scholarships and a chance to represent Arizona in the regional competition. Finalists for this year are listed below.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Alyssa has been a member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Thunderbirds Branch for 13 years. She has been involved in a variety of educational and community service programs including Keystone Club, PROUD Lock-In and European Excursion Program, which raises funds for Club kids to travel to Europe for educational purposes. Alyssa is a senior at Pinnacle High School where she maintains a 4.8 GPA. Outside of the Clubs, Alyssa is the Editor-in-Chief for her high school magazine and volunteers for numerous community service projects including church’s mission trips and Toys for Tots fundraisers. She plans on attending Duke University in the fall to study Public Relations.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley
Maeghan is a sophomore at Vista Grande High School and has been a Boys & Girls Club member for six years. She is actively involved in her school’s Athletic Club and Spanish Club; is a Boys & Girls Club Jr. Staff Member and After-School Program Volunteer where she enjoys the Club’s games room (especially bumper pool), Computer Lab, field trips, working with younger Club members and helping staff. She also has a top 10 G.P.A. in her school, a top 20 G.P.A. in her school district and is a two-time Youth of the Year at her Club. Maeghan has a 4.2 GPA (weighted) and hopes to one day attend Stanford University and become a youth counselor.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
Adrianna is a senior at Horizon Honors High School and feels lucky to have found a sense of family at the Thunderbirds Branch – Guadalupe. She got hooked on the Club as soon as she joined, quickly becoming a positive influence on younger Club members as a
Leader-In-Training. She has assisted participants at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and helped at a golf tournament for special needs children. Adrianna plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall with the goal of one day becoming a physical therapist for an NFL team.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Yuma
Angelica is a senior at Yuma High School, where she has received the school’s “Perfect Attendance” and “Most Dedicated Athlete” awards, while being chosen captain of her school’s softball team. Angelica is a Jr. Staff, assists with Day for Kids and the Club’s Fall Festival, teaches music and dance during the summer and cleans up at Annual Auction. Outside of the Club, she sings in her church choir, cleans yards and paints houses for the elderly and assists with Yuma’s Red Ribbon Fun Run. Angelica currently carries a 3.0 GPA and wants to attend the University of Arizona to major in business management.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River
A five-year member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River, Jon has been a Club Kid, Leader In Training and a paid staff member. He is always the first person to step forward and sign out if a request is made; his generosity comes with the fact that he will often stay late to help Program Staff responsible for up to 135 kids a day. He has put in over 1,700 volunteer hours for local causes that range from Key Club Lieutenant Governor (for Mohave County) to Youth Recruitment Chairman for the annual Bullhead City “Relay for Life” fundraiser. Jon currently carries a 3.7 GPA and is already enrolled at Northern Arizona University. He plans to give back to the Colorado River communities as a high school teacher.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Chloe is a junior at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, where she volunteers for Keystone Club and community clean ups. She is also part of her school’s Black Student Union, Youth for Life, a peer tutor, St. Mary’s Blood Drive Committee volunteer and has participated in several volunteer service projects with her church. She is also in National Honor Society and part of the St. Mary’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team, which finished the season ranked #1 in the nation. Chloe is a 12-year member of the Boys & Girls Club with a 4.2 GPA (weighted). Her goal is to attend an Ivy League University and one day become a lawyer.
Davis-Monthan AFB Youth Center
Amber is a senior at Santa Rita High School and a participant in the Youth Employment Skills program, which allows her to earn scholarship money based on the hours she works at her Boys & Girls Club. She is also a recipient of the Volunteer Presidential Service Award and is a past Teen of the Month and Teen of the Quarter. Amber’s favorite activities include “Cooking Club,” Arts & Crafts and daily games and activities that go on in the gym. Amber currently carries a 3.6 GPA and intends to enroll in the University of Arizona, where she eventually wants to become a law enforcement consultant.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
Anthony is a senior at Tucson’s Southern Arizona Community Academy, where he is a member of the Panther Keystone Club, as well as the Wellness Committee and Sanctuary Project. Currently 18-years old, Anthony has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for five years and carries a 3.0 GPA. He enjoys playing basketball and foosball, where he is the Club’s current undefeated champion his Club. Anthony has put a specific plan in place for his future and is determined to reach his goals through hard work and dedication. He plans to attend Embry-Riddle College to become an aerospace engineer.