Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale names 8 as Youth of the Year finalists

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has chosen eight Youth of the Year finalists. (Submitted photo)

Eight teen finalists have been chosen to compete to be named 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

The finalists were selected from a field of 26 BGCS teens, representing eight local clubs.

The finalists are: Tisha B., Virginia G. Piper Branch; Michael B., Vestar Branch; Alexandra G., Scottsdale Charros Branch; Caleb J., Red Mountain Branch; Tara M., Thunderbirds Branch; Jake M., Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch; Elyssa V., Lehi Branch; and Jessica V., Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch.

“Our Youth of the Year candidates showcase the best parts of our clubs at work,” stated Robyn Julien, BGCS president and CEO. “Hats off to all 26 candidates, their club advisers and families. We are so proud of them all. I can’t wait to watch our finalists grow and progress as we approach our gala in March.”

The 2019 BGCS Youth of the Year will be named at the Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball, presented by Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. and Great American Title, Inc.

It will take place Friday, March 1, at the J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The annual gala raises money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

At the event, the finalists will deliver their stories to an audience of 700-plus community leaders and philanthropists, according to a release.

Leading up to the gala, the eight finalists will meet weekly to strengthen and hone their speaking, writing and interview skills in preparation for the final round of judging in February.

The judging process for each round of competition assesses three essays, one three-minute speech along with one-on-one and panel interviews with a group of community judges.

All 26 candidates completed the first round of the competition and judging in early November.

Youth of the Year is a program run at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. It highlights academic excellence, community service and club leadership, according to the release.

For more on the Scottsdale organization, visit bgcs.org.

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