Monday, March 4, 2013

Seaside teen named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs

Korina Garcia, a 17-year-old high school student, has been named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the highest honor a Boys & Girls club member can receive.

As a recipient of both the Ron MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship and the Davis Love III Scholarship for her academic successes, Korina has earned this title an ambitious young lady. In May, she will be the first female in her family to graduate from high school. Until then, Korina will keep busy at the club planning fundraisers through Keystone leadership club, working on her college applications in the Teen Center, and speaking on behalf of BGCMC as she competes against other Youth of the Year honorees across California for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship.

Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as the member’s ability to overcome personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.

If Korina wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive a scholarship of up to $50,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States at the White House.

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