Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield to Hold Youth of the Year Awards Dinner
The 13th Annual Amelia Ferst Memorial Boys and Girls Club Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University.
The following four candidates were nominated for the 2013 Youth of the Year award based on their leadership skills, personal and academic accomplishments, moral character, and their service to the Boys and Girls Club and their community: Luis Vazquez, Dishana Santiago, Lina Borges, & Rachel Bilodeau.
You can help recognize the achievements of these extraordinary youth by attending the Awards Dinner. There will be a reception, dinner, award presentation to all candidates, and the announcement of the 2013 winner. Tickets are available for $25 per person. Tables of eight or ten can be reserved. Please RSVP to Lerryn by April 1, for tickets at 413.562.2301 or Lerryn@comcast.net.
Luis Vazquez has volunteered 115 hours of his time to various Club programs this year. He will graduate from Westfield High School this year, and move on to Holyoke Community College to work towards a career as a culinary and pastry chef. Luis has persevered through loss and homelessness while never giving up on his education, and always choosing to live above the influence. At the Club, the younger members look to Luis as a role model who demonstrates strong moral character, maturity, strength, positivity, integrity, and responsibility.
Dishana Santiago has volunteered 117 hours of her time to the Club this year. She will graduate from Westfield High School in 2015 and plans to attend Westfield State University to study early childhood education. Dishana grew up sharing her home and her parents with foster children, which taught her to be a positive role model for those around her. At the Club Dishana known for her love of music, her positive attitude, and her commitment to being the best person she can be.
Lina Borges has dedicated over 100 hours of service to the Club this year. She will graduate from Westfield High School in 2014, and plans to attend the University of New Haven to study Marine Biology. Five years ago Lina left Puerto Rico without knowing a word of English to pursue a better future with her mother and father. Her commitment and dedication to her academics forced her to learn the language quickly, and she has excelled ever since. Lina’s involvement and service to the Club is inspiring to those around her.
Rachel Bilodeau has volunteered 114 hours of her time to the Club this year. Rachel will graduate from Westfield High School in 2014, and plans to attend Bridgewater State University to pursue a career as a pilot. Rachel actively serves her community whenever she can, and is known for being open minded and embracing people for who they are. At the Club Rachel is known for her love of dance, sense of humor, determination and drive to succeed.
The four candidates have written essays, collected support letters and have been interviewed by a panel of local community leaders. Each candidate has also prepared a short speech that they will deliver at the annual Youth of the Year dinner in front of over 200 guests. The winning candidate will have the opportunity to compete at the state, regional and national levels for a chance to be America’s Youth of the Year.
Since the early 1970’s, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield has run a national Youth of the Year program that promotes good moral character, leadership and service qualities in today’s youth. The program runs year round for club members ages 14 to 18.
To purchase tickets to this event, or learn more about the Youth of the Year program and other great programs being offered at the Boys and Girls Club, please call the Club at 413.562.2301 or visit www.bgcwestfield.org.