Andrez Towns, a junior at Marion Technical Institute, and RayQuan Fields, a senior at Forest High School, are the 2013 nominees for the prestigious Youth of the Year program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County. The recipient will be named at ‘Roc with the Docs,’ the annual gala for the Boys & Girls Club, which will be held this year at Golden Ocala on February 15.
About 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.”
“Local Clubs recognize members ages 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 participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on 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 2013 Nominees:
Andrez Towns is studying culinary arts at MTI and plans to begin a career in baking or teaching. She is the president of the Keystone Club and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for eight years. She says the club has helped her develop strong friendships and given her the opportunity to help younger kids.
RayQuan Fields has been accepted to two colleges and plans to study mechanical engineering. He is the vice president of the Keystone Club and has helped lead service projects including assisting with Habitat for Humanity. RayQuan says the club has helped him develop leadership skills and learn from the perspective of others.