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Youth of the Year chapter winners advance to state competition

Three teens from Valley Boys and Girls Clubs chapters were chosen as Youth of the Year winners to represent their branches at the state-level competition tonight at the U.S. Airways Center. The state winner will advance to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition later this year.

Here are the local chapter winners:

Greater Scottsdale

Alyssa Coughenour. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale awarded Alyssa Coughenour of the Thunderbird Branch as its 2012 Youth of the Year.

The Pinnacle High School senior took home a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and a $1,000 gift card from American Express at the Celebrate Youth Gala and Auction held at Talking Stick Resort. The other runner-ups also received scholarship money and gift cards valued at $500.

Read more about Alyssa here.

Metropolitan Phoenix

Chloe Johnson. Photo courtesy of Nancy Crase.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix named Chloe Johnson its Youth of the Year competition.

The St. Mary High School junior credits her 12 years at the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch for her character and determination to help in her community.

Read more about Chloe here.

East Valley

Adrianna Henderson was named Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Adrianna Henderson. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

The Horizon Honors High School senior received a $20,000 scholarship, which she hopes to use to pursue her goal of becoming a physical therapist.

Read more about Adrianna here.

Erin Saltzman

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Youth of the Year Chantinique Dancy

Chantinique Dancy has used her passion for singing to help her at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley Ladmo Branch – Tempe.

Chantinique Dancy. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Dancy, 18, feels a sense of purpose since joining the club seven years ago, when she was struggling to cope with her parents divorce.

Dancy is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

She has helped others as a member of the teen leadership-building Keystone Club and the Junior Staff Training team, where she learned how to operate a summer day camp program.

Dancy has helped supervise club members inside and outside of the Club, stepping up to run programs at the last minute. She also helps pre-teen girls build self-confidence and a sense of social responsibility as an assistant in the Club’s Girl Talk program.

The Tempe High School senior is involved with choir and the Black Student Union, a dance program where she serves as historian.

Dancy plans to study cosmetology and would like to earn a degree in business management from Northern Arizona University. Her dream is to one day open a salon and keep helping her community.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.

Erin Saltzman

Youth of the Year nominee Adrianna Henderson

Adrianna Henderson has become a popular and positive influence at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s Thunderbird Branch – Guadalupe.

Adrianna Henderson. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

She lives by the motto “don’t judge a book by its cover” and is considered a true and honest friend.

Henderson is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

She joined the club three years ago after her mother suggested it. At the club she finds guidance and compassion when things are hectic at home.

The Horizon Honors High School senior also volunteers in her community by lifeguarding and through projects with the National Honor Society and the club. Henderson helped with events like handing out water and snacks to participants at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and at a golf tournament for special needs children.

The active club member also dances and has performed in “The Nutcracker” ballet and studied tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and ballet. She hopes to tap into her passion for kinesiology, becoming a physical therapist for an NFL team some day.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.

Erin Saltzman

Youth of the Year nominee Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza, a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley Grant Woods Branch – Mesa since 2010, is a leader and a dependable person when things get tough.

As the oldest of three boys in a traditional, Mexican-American household, he helped his family cope when his beloved twin Aunts Maria and Francesca lost their battles with breast cancer.

Alex Espinoza. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Espinoza would like to go to medical school and to one day find a cure for breast cancer.

He is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

Espinoza uses the leadership skills he learned at the club to help staff as an office aide at Riverview High School, where he is a senior. He also showed great initiative in starting a monthly school clean-up program within the student council, where he was elected to the position of class representative.

Espinoza is the vice-president of the Keystone Club, where he’s helped get donations for its Guardians for Kids Breakfast.

He wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a concentration in medicine from Arizona State University or another university, then complete medical school.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.

Erin Saltzman

Youth of the Year nominee Sache Foster

Sache Foster has learned to become a better citizen in her community, state and nation because of her experiences at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley  Gila River Branch – Sacaton.

Sache Foster. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

Foster is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

Since Foster joined the club 11 years ago, staff members have motivated her to get involved with basketball, cheerleading, flag football and other programs, in which she earned several awards. She also is a leader for the Keystone Club, where she helped raised money to go to regional, state and national conferences.

Foster is a member of the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, a group of young people from each of the seven districts of the Gila River Indian Community. Members of the group plan events for the community and work alongside district and tribal members to help solve issues.

Foster, a Coolidge High School senior, has overcome numerous obstacles to stay in  stay in school, including stopping smoking and drinking. She wants to urge other teens to find more positive activities rather than using drugs and alcohol.

Now Foster looks forward to graduating high school and going to college. She plans to continue being a positive influence on the Gila River Indian Community, her family and her peers.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.

Erin Saltzman

Youth of the Year nominee Nick Groth

Nick Groth is an advocate against bullying and a role model for others. He is also one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year.

Nick Groth. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

Groth joined the Gilbert Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley 11 years ago.

Now a junior at  Gilbert High School, he participates in football and wrestling and is known for taking a stand against bullying. After some of his peers started teasing a smaller football player who ate out of a trash can for unknown reasons, Groth urged them to stop. He later befriended the victim to make him feel like part of the group.

Groth understands how it feels to be an outcast. In seventh grade, he struggled as a wrestler, losing every match that season. With hard work and determination, he eventually became state champion.

Groth is the youngest of five siblings, but he still looks out for them, especially his brother Chris, who has autism.

Groth’s long-term goal is to become a orthopedic surgeon so he can continue helping others and fulfill his passion for learning about the human body.

He is president of the Keystone Club, a leadership program that helps organizes events in the community. He also serves as a group leader to help members transition from various programs and assists the program staff.

The Youth of the Year event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.

Erin Saltzman

Youth of the Year nominee Lydia DeAnda

Lydia DeAnda, a member of the Gila River-Komatke Branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, has used her Native American values and traditions to become a role model for others.

Lydia DeAnda. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

DeAnda, 16, came to the Club three years ago. She is a member of the Keystone Club, which has helped her stay focused on her goals of graduation high school and being first in her family to complete a college education.

DeAnda is one of eight outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley’s Youth of the Year on Feb. 27. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

The Cesar Chavez High School sophomore discourages other teens from gossiping, instead building positive, honest relationships with her family and friends.

Her compassion and concern for others came from comforting and caring for her siblings during a rocky home life when one of her parents struggled with alcohol and drug use.

Eventually DeAnda and her siblings decided to live with their grandmother during weekdays to attend school, preschool and early childhood services on the Gila River Indian Community while her mother lived and worked in Phoenix.

DeAnda soaked up the wisdom of her mother and grandmother, finding a way to celebrate her heritage and still thrive in modern life.

Now, DeAnda lives with her mother and siblings in the Gila River Indian Community.

Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley. For more information visit clubzona.org.