Tuscan Brands Youth of the Year

Tuscan Brands

Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and poise and public speaking ability. The program is a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth, and leadership qualities.

Local Clubs recognize members age 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and compete on the regional level and then onto the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

The Youth of the Year program is a merit program that develops our youth and helps them reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

2017 Youth of the Year

Meet Abby Elliott
  • Junior at Salem High School
  • Length of Club Membership: 5 years
  • Anticipated Career Choice: PA in Dermatology
“Be who you want to be.  Don't let others tell you who you are.”
- Abby Elliott

2017 Candidates

This year’s candidates (left to right) were Abigail Elliot, Bryanna Bettinger, Dominic Fosman, and Leeza Vazquez.

Candidates presented their speeches at SHS Media Center on Wednesday, February 15th and the winner was announced at the Youth of the Year Dinner on Thursday, February 16th at the Tuscan Kitchen.
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