(Vista, CA–) 24 Club members were honored at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s annual Youth of the Year celebration January 31, 2019. During this event, Emely Rosales, a junior at North County Trade Tech High School, was named the 2018 Youth of the Year. This award is based on youth contributions to their Club, school, community, and family as well as for academic success, healthy lifestyles, leadership and obstacles overcome. Rosales, 16 is actively involved in volunteering at the Club as a Leader in Training. She also shares her passion for robotics with Club members and ukulele lessons. The Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s Foundation Trustees will also present Emely with a scholarship at the Club’s Diamond Gala on March 2nd at the Westin Carlsbad.
Matt Koumaras, CEO, praised the 97% of Vista Club members that plan on attending college, trade school or the military. Steve Post, Principal at Vista Magnet Middle School, was the Keynote speaker for the evening. Steve congratulated Club members and stressed the importance of “It Takes a Village.” He spoke highly of the strong long-term partnership between Vista Magnet Middle School and the Boys & Girls Club of Vista. Matt also thanked the evening’s sponsors Thrivent Financial, Raising Cane’s and Maytag.
Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s Board President, Dani Witkowski, presented Carol Herrera with the Club’s 2019 “Have a Heart for Kids” award. Carol dedicates her life to the education of our youth and is passionate about reading as the key to academic and life-long success. She is a retired educator, long-time Vista Unified Board trustee and community volunteer dedicated to investing in great futures, in particular, promoting the love of reading.
This event recognizes youth of all ages who have shown outstanding achievement, leadership or citizenship while participating in Boys & Girls Club of Vista’s programs and activities. Other award winners included:
- Donaven Vague, Social Recreation
- Eric Alcala, Technology
- Olive Beebe, Arts & Crafts
- Sophia Reyes, Education
- Marley Alvarez, Performing Arts
- Joshua Garcia, Athletics
- Sophia Sharp, K Club
- Jayde Mccurry, Poetry
- Alejandro Ruiz, Scholar, Madison Middle School
- Jay Smith, Athlete, Madison Middle School
- Julian Hernandez, Youth of the Year, Madison Middle School
- Crystal Hernandez, Scholar, Vista Magnet Middle School
- Saul Bocanegra, Athlete, Vista Magnet Middle School
- Michael Corcoran, Vista Magnet Youth of the Year
- Kelly Mckinley, Scholar, VIDA
- Sophia Hill, Athlete, VIDA
- Sophia Kumar, VIDA Youth of the Year
- Miguel Martinez, Scholar, Raintree Park
- Reynaldo Juarez, Athlete, Raintree Park
- Danielle Martinez, Raintree Park Youth of the Year
- Brianna Robles, Cali Volleyball MVP
- Sophia Sweeney, Female Athlete of the Year, Middle School Sports
- Jake Henderson, Male Athlete of the Year, Middle School Sports
“The Youth of the Year competition is important to our members, especially those who need us the most, because it helps keep them centered, focused and happy throughout a critical time in their lives.” said Raul Castillo, Director of Operations/Programs, “It gives them the opportunity to become leaders and gain a sense of pride and confidence in themselves.”
About the Boys and Girls Club of Vista… Our mission is to empower every Club member, through safe and impactful experiences to graduate high school with a plan for college and career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life. The Boys & Girls Club of Vista serves 2,750 youth ages 5-18 and provides outcome-driven programs that emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
For more information, please visit http://www.bgcvista.org