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2019-20 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

JP C.

JP C.

MARY ELLEN & ROBERT MCKEE BRANCH

JP is a Freshman at Fountain Hills High School … our youngest candidate this year. He has been a Club member for 9 years. JP described his life before the Club as living in a bubble—fearful of trying new things. He plans to attend Boston University after graduating high school and going into sales … following in his dad’s footsteps.

ZARIA G.

ZARIA G.

LEHI BRANCH

Zaria is a sophomore at Westwood High School and has been a member for 10 years. Zaria says that Club staff challenge her to always do her best and make positive choices. She loves helping others and gardening at the Club. She plans to attend NAU after high school and becoming a doctor.

ANNAY L.

ANNAY L.

SCOTTSDALE CHARROS BRANCH

Annay is a senior at Arcadia High School. She has been a Club member for 12 years. Annay attributes programs like tutoring and America Reads for helping her excel in school. She plans to attend Scottsdale Community College after graduation and to eventually join the FBI.

KENNISE M.

KENNISE M.

RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH

Kennise is a Sophomore at Mountain View High School and has been a Club member for 3 years. Kennise attributes the Club with helping her find her passions of art and writing. She’s got her sites on Brigham Young University in Hawaii to become a marine biologist after she graduates high school.

KAYLA M.

KAYLA M.

VIRGINIA G. PIPER BRANCH

Kayla is a senior at Desert Mountain High School. She has been a member for 12 years. She was the Torch Club and Keystone President as well as a Leader in Training before becoming a part-time staff member. After graduation, she plans to attend ASU and becoming a pediatric Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist.

CARLY M.

CARLY M.

THUNDERBIRDS BRANCH

Carly is a senior at Pinnacle High School and has been a Club member since kindergarten (12 years). Carly has held leadership roles in Torch Club, Keystone and as a Leader in Training. Carly is currently a valued part-time Club staff member. She plans to attend ASU after graduation and wants to be an event planner for a non-profit.

JASON N.

JASON N.

HARTLEY & RUTH BRANCH

Jason is a senior at Coronado High School. He has been a Club member for 6 years. The Club is the place where he feels accepted after experiencing bullying in school. He plans to attend Scottsdale Community College after graduation to study architecture

ISABELLA T.

ISABELLA T.

VESTAR BRANCH

Isabella is also a junior at Pinnacle High School. She has been a Club member for 8 years. Isabella says that programs like Torch Club, Leaders in Training and Keystone have helped her grow and prepare her for success. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University with a goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

2019 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE YOUTH OF THE YEAR

TISHA BHATNAGAR

On March 1, Tisha Bhatnagar from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Virginia G. Piper Branch was named 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

Selected from a field of 8 candidates, Tisha was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Voya Financial and will go on to compete at the state level this spring. The state winner will go onto a regional competition and regional winners will go on to Washington, D.C., with the chance of being named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year.

Tisha has been a Club kid for 5 years. The Club has been her place to become someone who helps others.

Club staff and programs have helped her learn that she can be a leader and someone who makes change happen.

Tisha hopes to study pre-med or applied science in college and become a neurosurgeon.

Her message for her generation is: “Find a cause you are passionate about, and get off the sidelines and do something about it.”