Selected among several local outstanding youth, Sierra Miller of North Little Rock will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Arkansas Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.
“As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas, 17-year-old Sierra is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community,” said Recco Bennett, Director of the Rose City Boys & Girls Club.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As The Boys Club’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Sierra is a wonderful and caring young woman! She is a very driven and dedicated member of our club and her future is bright,” said Bennett. “Because of kids like Sierra, our community is a better place. Sierra will go far in life because of her dynamic personality and her ability to preserver. We are excited to see where this young lady goes in life and we are proud to have her represent our organization at the state competition.”
Sierra is a graduating senior attending the NLR West Campus with a GPA of 3.0. She is a member of the school’s JROTC, Ladies’ & Gentlemen’s Club, and Senior Dance Team. She has already made preparations for after graduation by taking the necessary test to enlist in the Navy as a reserve. Sierra has also visited Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she plans to attend and pursue a degree in obstetrics.
If Sierra wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of Boys Club National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President Obama in the White House.