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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


Youth of the Year nominee Chloe Johnson

Chloe Johnson. Photo by Nancy Crase/CrasePhoto.

Chloe Johnson, a junior at St. Mary’s High School, has spent countless time at the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch of the Boys &Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. She says it has felt like her second home since she was 5 years old. Johnson  is one of 12 outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Youth of the Year during the “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” event Feb. 18. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. For 12 years, the club provided Johnson with structure and support after school. She spent time doing art, got help with her homework and spent recreational time with friends. ” We would do our homework, then take art classes or learn about computers, but it never felt like learning. It’s also where I played basketball and developed the skills that it takes to be a champion,” Johnson says. Honing those skills at the club helped her advance at St. Mary’s High School to become an honors student and varsity athlete. She was first introduced to her love of basketball at her a club staff member. “Daniel taught me how to play basketball,” she says. “It brings so much joy into my life; I now enjoy going to my club and teaching the younger members how to play.” She still goes back to the club to volunteer. She is also involved with community service projects at her church and is on her school’s varsity basketball team. Johnson is also member of her school’s Black Student Union, Letterman’s Club and Youth for Life Culture Club. Johnson was awarded the AIA Student Athlete Award for Excellence. After high school, she wants to attend an ivy league college on athletic scholarship. She plans to pursue pre-law study so she can go to law school.  Her goal is to become a defense attorney so she can defend those who can’t defend themselves. Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix’ 12 clubhouses, dental clinic and outreach programs. For more information, visit bgcmp.org.

Erin Saltzman

Tomorrow: Nominee Kallie LaForest.