Exceptional teen wins military youth of the year

Exceptional teen wins military youth of the year
Fort Bliss Monitor
Military News

POSTED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 11:24am

UPDATED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 11:37am

Selected as one of only six finalists in the state of Texas, Kelby Shepard will compete against other military Boys & Girls Club members for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.

As the new Military Youth of the Year for Fort Bliss, 17-year-old Shepard is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boy & Girls Clubs of America for her strong character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to her community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a BGCA member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and BGCA, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Youth of the Year encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their community. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Kelby has always been the first to reach out to help others, which is so important for military youth who relocate and often feel isolated and alone,” said Susan Goss, director of Milam Youth Activity Center BGCA. “Her commitment to excellence has always impressed me and show her to be both strong and sensitive.”

Shepard attended Burges High School in El Paso and now attends Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. She has functioned as a Youth Council Member, Smart Girls co-facilitator, Junior Staff, Youth Leadership Forum representative and Healthy Habits chef for the cooking club.

Having fought learning disabilities all of her life, Shepard believes that you can always accomplish what you are willing to fight for.

If Shepard wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware, the recognition program’s national sponsor.

Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year.

The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

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