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2019-20 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

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.

ISABELLA T.

ISABELLA T.

VESTAR BRANCH

Isabella is also a junior at Pinnacle High School. She has been a Club member for 8 years.

ANNAY L.

ANNAY L.

SCOTTSDALE CHARROS BRANCH

Annay is a senior at Arcadia High School. She has been a Club member for 12 years.

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.

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.

CARLY M.

CARLY M.

THUNDERBIRDS BRANCH

Carly is a senior at Pinnacle High School and has been a Club member since kindergarten (12 years).

ZARIA G.

ZARIA G.

LEHI BRANCH

Zaria is a sophomore at Westwood High School and has been a member for 10 years

JASON N.

JASON N.

HARTLEY & RUTH BRANCH

Jason is a senior at Coronado High School. He has been a Club member for 6 years.

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.”

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