Youth of the Year Event

Posted at: 01/30/2013 8:33 AM
Updated at: 01/30/2013 9:28 AM
By: Brittany Falkers

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland helps thousands of kids every year. Now the time has come for a once a year celebration where some of them compete to be the Youth of the Year.

Next Tuesday, February 5, is the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland's 41st annual Youth of the Year Celebration presented by the College of St. Scholastica. They have been competing in the national Youth of the Year program since 1972 and this year Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will be the key note speaker.

Kids who participate are recognized for their year-round services to the clubs.  Their judged on their community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals poise, and public speaking abilities, according to Todd Johnson with the Girls and Boys Clubs of the Northland.

Each year strong community leaders are chosen for the judges panel.  This year UMD Chancellor Lendley Black, Maurices President George Goldfarb, and Midwest Communications Market Manager Susan Nash will fill that role. 

Board member Kathy Flynn spoke about her past role as a judge and says it was an honor. "I was extremely excited and found it extremely rewarding," Flynn said.

The outstanding youth competing to be the Youth of the Year are Jordan McMillian and Cassie Mhalberg nominated by the Lincoln Park Branch.  Shawn Gawboy, nominated by the Lake Vermilion Branch, Kenda Benner nominated by the Nett Lake Branch, and Jasmin Thundercloud nominated by the Superior Branch.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Great Lakes Ballroom of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Duluth. Reservations are $25 per person and can be made by calling the Club's administrative line at (218) 727-1549.