Youth of the Year Banquet

  • Six local outstanding youth will compete for the Tulsa Metro Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship on Tuesday, March 8 at the Annual Tulsa Metro Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Banquet. This is the first step to state, regional and national competition sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

    Each of the six area Boys & Girls Clubs selected a youth to compete in the area program. The candidates will be judged on four areas of equal weight: candidate essays on three pre-selected topics, 15-minute interviews with a panel of judges, public speaking based on a speech given to a panel of judges and their over application quality.

    Competing this year are: Mackenzie Bechtold, a student at Clyde Boyd Middle School in Sand Springs and a member of the Sand Springs Boys & Girls Club; Alvin Fowlkes, a student at Will Rogers High School and a member of the North Mabee Boys & Girls Club; Gesheira Lovell, a student at Edison High School and a member of the West Mabee Boys & Girls Club; India Noriah, a student at Booker T. Washington and a member of the Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club; Maia Persinger, a student at New Covenant Academy and a member of the Broken Arrow Boys & Girls Club and Brittany Wilson, a student at Sapulpa High School and a member of the Creek County/Sapulpa Boys & Girls Club.YOY_CLR_PNG

    If the Tulsa winner takes first place at the state competition, he/she will compete for the title of Southwest Regional Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

    The Youth of the Year Banquet will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, 700 North Greenwood. Individual tickets are $50 each and sponsorships are available by calling 918-587-7801 or visiting

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