Local Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista teens competed for the title of 2019 Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all youth to lead, succeed and inspire. Each Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista is a shining example of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Each candidate is expected to continue to uphold these attributes in the community, as well as the Club, to be a representative of the Club regardless of the title of Youth of the Year.
On Jan. 19, the four candidates competed in a series of interviews, public speaking, and written essays, candidates spoke about their Club experiences and the challenges they have overcome in life. The candidates were judged on the presentation of their speech, their essays, their interviewing skills and their overall application quality. The competition was fierce and all four candidates displayed courage, hard work and success.
The winner, Aqib Adnan, was announced Saturday at the Youth of the Year Breakfast. Adnan will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members in Phoenix on March 24 for the Arizona Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
Adnan has been attending the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista for 4 years. He has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista for four years. Aqib is currently freshman at Buena High School with a 4.2 GPA. He plans to attend the University of Arizona after he graduates. When he is at the Club, his favorite activity is the play foosball and basketball outside with the other youth. Aqib hopes to help the young kids in the new gym with some of the sports they play. The Boys & Girls Club has always been and will always be a big part of his life.
If Adnan wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2019, to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
Submitted by the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista.