Precious Wilson Named 2009 East Valley Youth of the Year < Return to News

TEMPE TEEN NAMED EAST VALLEY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB YOUTH OF THE YEAR
17 Year Old Precious Wilson Receives More Than $20,000 for College Education

Tempe, Ariz – March 4, 2009 – Precious Wilson is a true example of an extraordinary young woman.  At age 17, she has just been selected as the 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 1 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Mesa.  Wilson 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:  “Every year we honor teenagers we believe to be our pride and joy,” said president/CEO Ramon Elias.  “The candidates talk about what the Boys & Girls Club means to them and the vigorous process it takes to get here.  It’s an unforgettable night for nine teenagers who have been members of our Club since they were in grade school.”  Wilson was awarded a $20,000 Educational Fund from The Victoria Lund Foundation.  She will receive $5,000 a year for four years through the fund.  Wilson also received a computer, a $600 scholarship from Maricopa Community Colleges and a $1,000 scholarship through the Joe Henderson Memorial Fund.  Henderson was a member of the Chandler Compadres, a civic organization in the Chandler community. 

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Wilson has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for nine years.  Ballet classes, playing both the violin and cello, church ministries, choir, cross-country, countless hours of community service with Arizona Veterans and cleaning up the neighborhood where her Club is located have kept Precious busy. Precious is a senior at Marcos De Niza High school and plans to attend the University of Texas when she graduates. Naturally, her love for the performing arts is something she would like to turn into a career someday. Precious plans to have a double major in Business Management and Dance.

Wilson will go onto 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 21 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.  If Wilson wins at the state level, she could potentially advance to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college Reader’s Digest scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.  The East Valley competition was sponsored by Intel, Hoag Family Trust, Cox Charities, the Chandler Compadres and Sun Lakes Charities.  For more information on the Youth of the Year program, visit www.clubzona.org or contact Cindy Zak at cindyz@clubzona.org.  

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 30,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for all kids and teens. 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 6 – 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.

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