Bell Harbor International Event Center, Seattle, WA – March 22, 2018
Youth of the Year 2018 – selected from among 14 outstanding youth at a Gala dinner in Seattle, sophomore from Prosser High School, Zane Castilleja has been named the Washington State Youth of the Year, and junior Katie Wilton from Harrison Preparatory School has been selected as Washington State Military Youth of the Year.
As the new teen representatives for traditional and military Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington, Zane and Katie will each receive $5,000 in college scholarships to continue their paths toward success.
The Gala dinner, attended by local Youth of the Year winners from across the state, is the culmination of months of hard work, community service, and speech and essay preparation by Washington State’s youth. The announcement was made by Seattle Seahawks’ Keli Imus, Community Outreach Program manager. Seattle Seahawks was also represented by Connie Cate on the selection panel earlier in the day; the NFL team has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State in the past several years through the Spirit of 12 program, funded through sales of game day programs and a matching contribution from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. Selection panel of judges included other business and civic leaders, including representatives from Disney, T-Mobile, AT&T, K&H Integrated Print Solutions, representatives from the Attorney General Office and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as WA State Sen. Christine Rolfes.
Each year a “Youth of the Year” is chosen to represent Washington in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition. This year’s regional competition will be held in Los Angeles in July. Winners are chosen first at a Club level, then state, regional and national levels.
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Zane has been a member of the Prosser Club for five years and is currently a sophomore at Prosser High School. Zane is actively engaged in leadership activities and has attended various leadership conferences including the Washington State Keystone Summit; he is also a cheerleader at Prosser High School. Zane hopes to soon attend the University of Washington to pursue a career as a surgical nurse.
Katherine is a member of the Hillside Teen Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and is currently a junior at Harrison Preparatory School. She is a member of the Lakewood Youth Council and regularly volunteers at local food banks and local elementary schools. In her spare time, she also keeps bees and sells honey! Katherine hopes to attend Columbia University to study biology and pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships!
The Washington State Youth of the Year (YOY) is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family. Youth from across Washington are selected to represent their local organization and join their counterparts from across the state in sharing their life changing stories at a Gala Dinner event attended by 250 board, staff, and community leaders. The YOY program is multi-day, and includes trainings for participants, interviewing and judging competition, a breakfast reception held at the Governor’s mansion in Olympia, and fun for the teens.
The young people who earn recognition as Youth of the Year are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs are effective. Indeed, there is no stronger testimony that Clubs are truly the positive place for kids. Once selected as Youth of the Year, the winner begins a one- year term as the teen spokesperson for all Boys & Girls Club members by taking part in community events and activities. All youth of the year participants receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. The Washington State Youth of the Year winner will also be entered in the regional competition where they will be given the chance to vie for a spot in the national competition held in Washington DC. The youth given the title of National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
2018 WA State Youth of the Year finalists with Governor Inslee during breakfast reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, WA.
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