JUNEAU - Alaska Boys & Girls clubs Youth of the Year finalists will compete today in Juneau for three University of Alaska College Savings Plan college scholarships and an opportunity to attend Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year competition.
This year's finalists are Megan Averett, 16, of Fort Richardson; Roger Claveau, 15, of Eielson Air Force Base; Seth Drake, 17, of Emendorf Air Force Base; Kelsie Ealy, 16, of Mat Su Valley; Monica Edwards, 15, of Tok; Megan Hanks, 15, of Fort Wainwright; Quiana McElroy, 14, of Soldotna; Brandi Patterson, 17, of Metlakatla.
Youth of the Year is a year-round program that fosters young people's character development, personal growth and leadership qualities. The program celebrates service to Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking.
The 2008 Alaska Youth of the Year will receive a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan, a $4,000 college stipend from Boys & Girls Clubs and a $1,000 contribution from the Readers Digest Foundation for total award package of $10,000. First runner-up receives a $3,000 UACSP scholarship and second runner-up receives a $1,000 UACSP scholarship.
Special thanks goes to event co-chairs Sen. Johnny Ellis, Rep. Kevin Meyer, Rep. Bill Stoltze and Sen. Hollis French, and event sponsors University of Alaska College Savings Plan, Reader's Digest Foundation, Alaska Federal Credit Union, Alaska Red Ribbon Coalition, Bechtel National Inc. and Kiewit Building Group.
For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs, visit www.bgcalaska.org.