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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Local named Boys, Girls Club Youth of the Year in Arkansas

  • Helena-West Helena's Cimone Hamiter has been bestowed the highest honor Boys & Girls Club member can receive – Youth of the Year.
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  • Helena-West Helena's Cimone Hamiter has been bestowed the highest honor Boys & Girls Club member can receive – Youth of the Year. Hamiter of the Boy & Girls Club of Phillips County was among 9 outstanding Arkansas young people vying for the honor. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America named Hamiter Arkansas Youth of the Year based on her sound character, leadership skills and a willingness to give back to the community. Hamiter becomes the new teen representative for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Arkansas. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Tupperware Brands Corp. and a $2,000 college scholarship from the Arkansas Area Council. Youth of the Year is BGCA's most important youth recognition program. The program recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club in addition to overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages BGCA members to strive to reach their full potential by accomplishing academic success, leading healthy lives and energetically serving their communities. “Cimone and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to be great,” commented Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. Hamiter will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members in the Southwest Region this summer. If she is selected a regional winner, she will receive an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware, the program's national sponsor. Five regional winners will go to Washington D.C. in September to compete for BGCA's National Youth of the Year title. The winner of the national title will get an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will get the chance to meet President Obama at the White House. “We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education,” stated Rick goings, Tupperware chairman and CEO. For more information about the Youth of the Year program, please visit www.bgac.org/yoy or contact Jason Rolett, Boys & Girls Club of Phillips County, jrolett@bgcpc.org, or call 870-572-1711.

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