RENO — Tracy Herrera, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows since the age of 13, heads to Henderson next month to compete for the State Youth of the Year title.
Tracy was selected as the local club’s female Youth of the Year last fall, the highest distinction for a Boys & Girls Club member, alongside male Youth of the Year Alex Gasetoto. Only one of the club’s two winners can advance to the state competition. Tracy was selected because of her personal history, dedication to the club’s core values and for her commitment to overcoming adversity to become an honor roll student. She is eligible for more than $20,000 in college scholarships, including $6,000 for her Youth of the Year award, waiting for her upon graduation this spring from Sparks High School.
The Youth of the Year award recognizes service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; poise; and public speaking ability. Tracy excels in all of these areas despite being born with a disability and having to overcome cultural, social and language barriers. The 17-year-old will attend the Nevada State Youth of the Year competition March 12-13.
The Youth of the Year competition includes teens from across Nevada who speak with a panel of judges individually before participating in a 45-minute roundtable question-and-answer session. Each youth also addresses the panel of judges publicly, giving a three-minute speech on his or her background and Youth of the Year qualifications. Upon completion of the state competition, the winner then competes for a chance at becoming the regional champion and one of five participants who travels to Washington, D.C. for a chance at winning the National Youth of the Year designation. All state, regional and national Youth of the Year winners receive college scholarship money ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.
For more information, call 331-KIDS (331-5437) or visit www.BGCTM.org.