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Boys & Girls Clubs Announces 2022 'Youth of the Year' Finalists

This winner will be named at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger celebration on Friday, Feb. 4.

By Staff January 31, 2022

A local youth playing baseball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties

A local youth playing baseball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties

Six local high school students are finalists for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties 2022 "Youth of the Year" title. This winner will be named at the organization’s annual Steak & Burger celebration on Friday, February 4.

This year's nominees are Mykayla G., a 15-year-old sophomore at Booker High School who attends the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club; Francisco H., a 19-year-old senior at North Port High School who attends the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club; Jaliyah L., a 14-year-old eighth-grader at DeSoto Middle School who attends the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club; Bernadette N., a 17-year-old senior at Riverview High School and attends the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club; D’Kai S., a 17-year-old senior at Booker High School who attends the Newtown Estate Park Boys & Girls Club; and Ashley V., a 16-year-old senior at Venice High School and attends the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club.

The 2022 Youth of the Year will have a chance of becoming the 2022 State of Florida Youth of the Year and opportunities to win academic scholarships, speak at national conferences and meet elected officials.

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