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17 Year Old Katelyn Moore Receives $20,000 in Scholarships

Tempe, Ariz – March 9, 2011 – Katelyn Moore has been selected as the 2011 East Valley Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.  The East Valley Youth of the Year Banquet was held the evening of Monday, March 7 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Mesa.  Moore won a $20,000 scholarship on behalf of the Victoria Lund Foundation, a long time supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.  She will receive $5,000 a year for four years through the fund.  Moore was among nine East Valley candidates competing for the East Valley Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year title.  Candidates were selected from each of the organization’s branches, they include the following:
A senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Moore has counted on the Grant Woods Branch in Mesa.  She started coming to the Club to volunteer, but it has become a place she counts on for moral support.  Katelyn is one of two children raised by a single mother and keeps a good head on her shoulders choosing to keep on the right path even when it’s not the “cool” thing to do.  Katelyn volunteers with an animal rescue group and is involved with the Keystone Club whose mission is to create leaders who give back.  She plans to attend Chandler Gilbert Community College for the first two years.  She will then transfer to the University of Arizona where she would like to study secondary education and receive a Masters in Psychology. Katelyn would like to someday get married, adopt children and even write an uplifting book for teens filled with photography and poetry.

The 17 year old will go on to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members at the state level.  The State Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast presented by Fiesta Bowl will be held Tuesday, April 19 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.  If she wins at the state level, Moore could potentially advance to Washington, D.C., in the fall to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 Tupperware Brands scholarship and is installed by President Obama in an Oval Office ceremony.  In 2010, Mona Dixon of Tempe went on to win the National Youth of the Year title and overall received $130,000 in scholarship money.   The East Valley competition was presented by Brock Auto Supply.  Other major sponsors included Maricopa Community Colleges, Intel, Hoag Family Trust, Cox Communications and Chandler Compadres.  All proceeds raised at the event benefit the organization’s scholarship program, helping former Club members go to college and trade schools.  For more information on how you can contribute to this scholarship fund, please contact, Cindy Zak at cindyz@clubzona.org or 480.820.3688.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 34,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for youth. 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 – 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.

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