PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Leah Ost
March 11, 2014 785-539-1947
Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan Teen Receives 2nd Place at State Youth of the Year Competition
[Manhattan, Kan.] — The Boys & Girls Club State Youth of the Year banquet was held Monday at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. It was a heartfelt evening where nine Kansas Club finalists competed to be designated the Kansas Youth of the Year and given the opportunity to compete in the Southwest Regional Youth of the Year competition.
The nine youth were nominated from Clubs across the state for their outstanding leadership contributions to their families, schools, communities and Boys & Girls Clubs. Among these youth, was Kennedy Felice, a senior at Manhattan High School. Kennedy has been a volunteer and junior staff member at the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan since 2010. She continuously is dedicating herself to serving the Club and her community while excelling at school and maintaining involvement in school-sponsored organizations. With a passion for the written word and the arts, Kennedy is an editor for her high school yearbook and newspaper, and involved in her school plays and musicals. She is interested in pursuing a career as a college drama professor.
We are proud to announce that Kennedy Felice was named runner-up for the Kansas Youth of the Year and received a $250 award for her outstanding efforts. Innocent Anavberokhai of Lawrence won this year’s Kansas youth of the Year award and Danielle Signmon of Fort Leavenworth won the Kansas Military Youth of the Year award.
This competition puts a youth from each Club in Kansas up against one another to compete in many categories such as speech, interviewing and leadership skills, poise, and volunteerism. “It is not about who wins but being able to showcase the amazing youth from Clubs across Kansas to Senators, Legislators, and other people from across the state to validate that what we do works! It’s an amazing process and learning experience for all youth and attendees involved. I am very proud of our youth, Kennedy Felice, who was named the runner-up. She made Manhattan proud!” said Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan Executive Director, Junnae Campbell.
This year was an extra special competition with all eyes on Kansas as we have produced two National Youth of the Year winners two years in a row. The 2012-13 National Youth of the Year was Trei Dudley from Lawrence, KS and the 2013-14 Youth of the Year was Kiana Knolland from Wichita, Kansas. Kiana was also the spokesperson for Monday’s State competition. Here’s hoping for a 3-peat in the future for Kansas!
Leah Ost: Development Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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