The Wyoming Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs will host a competition in which one teen member will be named the Wyoming Youth of the Year.
Wyoming teens will be judged by state community leaders on their character, contributions to their families and communities, poise and public speaking ability as well as how well they have handled personal challenges and obstacles.
Wyoming Youth of the Year finalist, Riley-Jayne Anderson, of Boys & Girls Club Cheyenne, spoke to the business community during the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce‘s 2020 Political Landscape luncheon in January. She shared her personal connection to the Boys and Girls Club with the audience prior to Mayor Marian Orr’s presentation.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The Wyoming Youth of the Year will receive a 4-year tuition and fees scholarship to the University of Wyoming, in conjunction with the Hathaway Scholarship. He or she will also receive $2,500 in cash scholarships from the national program sponsors and the Wyoming Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship from the Area Council and Wyoming School Boards Association.
The Wyoming Youth of the Year event is supported by the University of Wyoming, Wyoming School Boards Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Wyoming Area Council, and Wyoming Alliance of Boys & Girls.
The Wyoming Youth of the Year will advance to the regional competition in Dallas this summer. The three regional winners, plus winners from military bases across the country, will each receive additional scholarships and will ultimately contend for the title of National Youth of the Year. The national Youth of the Year will receive additional scholarships plus the chance to meet the President and represent all Boys & Girls Club members throughout the country.
The Wyoming Youth of the Year finalists are:
Riley-Jayne Anderson – East High School – Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Brentan Brown – Kelly Walsh High – Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming
Mikayla Marie Maes – Rock Springs High School – Boys & Girls Club of Sweetwater County
Kassey Daugherty – F.E. Warren Teen Center