Thunderbirds Branch - Guadalupe Teen Wins East Valley Youth of the Year Competition
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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EAST VALLEY ANNOUNCES 2012 YOUTH OF THE YEAR
TEMPE, Ariz. – February 28, 2012 – An energetic, civic-minded Ahwatukee Foothills teen has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s 2012 Youth of the Year.
Adrianna Henderson learned she has earned this prestigious honor at the Clubs’ awards banquet Monday night (Feb. 27) at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa in front of a crowd of influential business leaders, dedicated donors, Clubs employees and family members and friends.
A senior at Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee, Adrianna is a popular Junior Staff member at the Clubs’ Thunderbirds Branch – Guadalupe. She and seven other outstanding teen members of the East Valley Clubs sought the title.
“It was overwhelming and I was shocked,” Adrianna, 18, said. “It means that the judges got my story that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley can help anyone regardless of their background.”
The Victoria Lund Foundation will provide Adrianna with a scholarship of $20,000. She and the seven East Valley YOY candidates, who won their Branch Youth of the Year competitions, will also each receive $1,500 in scholarship funds courtesy of The Victoria Lund Foundation, the Hoag Family Trust and Sun Lakes Charities.
In addition the Maricopa Community College District is also generously providing scholarships of $1,000 each to Adrianna and the seven East Valley YOY candidates.
Adrianna will go on to compete for the coveted 2012 Arizona Youth of the Year title and learn if she is the winner at the 2012 Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast at US Airways Center in Phoenix on April 17. The ultimate goal is to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year in Washington, D.C. The 2010 East Valley Youth of the Year Mona Dixon was honored with the National Youth of the Year award and received $130,000 in scholarship money.
In the meantime, Adrianna, a Club member for three years, is thrilled to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley after going through a rigorous competition that began when Club members vied for Branch level Youth of the Year honors in the fall of 2011. The optimistic cheerleader spreads her positive energy teaching Club kids dance moves and supervising many activities around the Club as a Junior Staff member.
Adrianna lives by the motto “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and is quick to help anyone in need. She is active in the community, where she has volunteered as a lifeguard at a pool and enjoys doing many volunteer projects through the Club and the National Honor Society including helping participants in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
East Valley Youth of the Year candidates had to write essays on their leadership and service to their Clubs, communities, schools and families, as well as explain in detail their educational goals to apply for the title. They also were evaluated on speeches they delivered in front of distinguished business and community leaders, as well as Clubs’ administrators and staff and their fellow candidates.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) recognizes local Youth of the Year winners at Clubs around the nation based on their strong character, excellent leadership skills, service to their Club and the community and their academic grades.
The following sponsors make this program possible: The Victoria Lund Foundation, Chandler Compadres, Hoag Family Trust, Cox Charities, Intel, Coronado West, Western Refining, Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, Toyota Financial Services, Sun Lakes Charities, Gila River Telecommunications, Chasse Building Team, Maricopa Community College District, GAP, Credit Control Corporation, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.
The 2012 East Valley Youth of the Year candidates, who are the Youth of the Year winners for their branches, are:
• Anastasia Howard, Apache Junction Branch: A conscientious leader, she was honored for her volunteer work with Keystone Club, a Club teen leadership group.
• Ashley Delgado, Compadre Branch - Chandler: She’s a natural leader who helped the Club serve Thanksgiving dinners to nearly 1,000 community residents in 2011.
• Lydia DeAnda, Gila River Branch - Komatke: She has been instrumental in helping the Club’s Keystone Club teen leadership group plan and carry out numerous events in the Gila River Indian Community.
• Sache Foster, Gila River Branch – Sacaton: Sache has been involved in basketball, cheerleading, flag football and other programs at the Club, earning several awards.
• Nick Groth, Gilbert Branch: Nick is the youngest of five siblings but he’s a role model to his older siblings and fellow members of the Club.
• Alex Espinoza, Grant Woods Branch - Mesa: Alex, a Club member since 2010, is someone you can count on during tough times.
• Chantinique Dancy, Ladmo Branch - Tempe: Chantinique uses singing and service to the community to spread a positive message at the Club and in the community.
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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 43,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for them. Serving members in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and the Gila River Indian Community, programs are offered after school and during the summer and provide youth and teens, ages 5 to 18, with fun and educational activities, supervised by professional staff. The organization also runs Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s annual membership fee is only $20 dollars a year and financial assistance is available. No child is ever turned away if they are unable to pay the fee. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tagline is “Great Futures Start Here.”