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Meet Skagit County’s Youth of the Year Candidates!

Mount Vernon Award winners L to R
Back Row: Zoie Saunders (MV YOY Finalist), Louis Walbrek (LV Staff of the Year), Leah VanBurkleo (MV Staff of the Year), Jackie Castro (Sportsmanship Award) , Lusana Spitler (Mount Vernon Youth of the Year), Hannah Galvan (Jr. YOY Finalist), Johanna Gamboa (Jr. YOY)
Front Row: Sergio Vasquez-Mendoza (Boy of the Year), Elijah Martinez (STEM Award), Kaylee Tinoco-Chavez (Artist of the Year), Elianna Watts (Girls of the Year), Ashley Roach (Academic All Star Award)

Selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Club members are looking forward to the Youth of the Year dinner to be held on January 31st, 2018. This year’s dinner attendees can look forward to hearing speeches from select youth representing their Club.

Beginning in the fall, members from each local Club started working with a staff mentor to prepare for Youth of the Year, a program that recognizes and seeks to celebrate those members who embrace & embody the characteristics of leadership and service, academic success, and healthy lifestyles. Staff mentors help each Club member with essay writing, as well as interviewing and public speaking skills, to showcase their achievements and development. Participants are presented with many opportunities to practice and hone their skills, in front of their peers, the public, and a panel of selected community judges. Being named Youth of the Year is highest honor a Club member can achieve. Candidates can earn scholarship funds, and are presented with opportunities to meet and make connections with prominent, key individuals in their prospective fields. 

Candidates were recently announced for each Club’s Dinner with Friends event. Congratulations to Ceana Dyer (Anacortes Club Youth of the Year), Emily Ayala (Anacortes Jr. YOY), Lusana Spitler (Mount Vernon Club YOY), Johanna Gamboa (LaVenture Club Jr. YOY), Cameron Queen (Sedro-Woolley Club YOY), and Aaliyah Wolfe (Sedro-Woolley Jr. YOY).

Aside from Youth of the Year, select Club members were awarded for excellence in Sportsmanship, Art, Good Character, STEM, and Homework(Power Hour). The Clubs also took time to recognize Community members for exceptional service. The Anacortes Club’s Dean Maxwell Service Award went to Monica Oppel; Mount Vernon’s Jack & Claudette Gubrud Service Award was presented to Carl Bruner, and the Sedro-Woolley Mike & Dianne Crawford Service award went to Cookson Beecher. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank everyone for coming out to support these youth.

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