2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year candidates announced

From left are Marena Sever, Maddie Nowaczyk, Winnie Chen, Nelson Martinez, Jhosevetd Gutierrez-Rodriquez, Adora Wesley-Howard, Carli Durfey (Submitted photo)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale held its Annual Youth of the Year Dinner recently at the Virginia G. Piper Branch to name the teens chosen to represent their individual Clubs in the competition for the 2018 BGCS Youth of the Year title — the highest honor awarded to a Club member.

The 2017-18 BGCS Youth of the Year candidates are:

  • Nelson Martinez from the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch.
  • Jhosevetd Gutierrez-Rodriquez from the Scottsdale Charros Branch.
  • Adora Wesley-Howard from the Lehi Branch.
  • Winnie Chen from the Mary Ellen & Robert Mckee Branch.
  • Carli Durfey from the Virginia G. Piper Branch.
  • Marena Sever from the Thunderbirds Branch.
  • Maddie Nowaczyk from the Vestar Branch.

A field of 19 youngsters from throughout the organization presented speeches and participated in one-on-one and panel interviews with judges the prior week, according to a press release.

Participants honed their writing, speaking and presenting skills for more than 10 weeks to prepare for this first round of judging.

“Everyone in the room last night experienced the magic of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Watching our youth transform throughout this program fills me with joy and is the reason we as staff come to work every day,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS president and CEO.

The 2018 BGCS Youth of the Year will be named at the Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball gala to be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge on Feb. 23, 2018. The BGCS Youth of the Year will represent the Clubs throughout the year, is awarded a $5,000 scholarship and will go on to compete for the state title.

Across the country, state finalists move on to regional competitions. The regional winners then become the candidates eligible to be named the 2018-19 National Youth of the Year.

Go to bgcs.org.

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