JUNEAU - Teens from Alaska are competing for the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year title Tuesday. Being selected Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. In addition to winning this prestigious title, the winner also will receive one year's tuition to the University of Alaska Anchorage and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation.
The competition will occur after a long day of meetings with legislators, an appointment with Lt. Governor Sean Parnell and a tour of the Governor's Mansion. This year, esteemed judges will be Department of Labor Commissioner Click Bishop; Brigadier General Randy Banez; Diane Casto, DHSS Behavioral Health; Anna Kim, special assistant to the Governor; and William Andrews, University of Alaska board member.
The Youth of the Year announcement will be made during a legislative reception from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Butrovich Room of the Capitol.
The 2009 Alaska Youth of the Year finalists are Colin Craig, Fort Greely Boys & Girls Club; Megan Gunyah, Metlakatla Boys & Girls Club; Megan Hanks, Fort Wainwright Boys & Girls Club; Desiree Harris, North East Community Center Boys & Girls Club in Anchorage; Todd Miley, Elmendorf Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club; Josh Seminario, Fairbanks Boys & Girls Club; and Savanna Smith, Eielson Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club.