UPDATE: Congratulations to 14-year-old Cheyenne Anderson of Smithton, winner of the 2013 Youth of the Year Award.  Cheyenne will move on to the state competition held in Jefferson City in early April.

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Fifteen Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri members will compete for the local 2013 Youth of the Year Title on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Fox Theater in Sedalia, Mo.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The Youth of the Year title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.  Tupperware Brands awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship and each regional winner a $10,000 scholarship. The national winner receives an additional scholarship up to $50,000 from the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

The contestants will be evaluated by five judges:

  • Commander Matt Wirt, Sedalia Police Department
  • Dianne Simon, 2012 Pink Flamingo Award Winner, Property Manager at Thompson Hills Investment Group
  • Senator Mike Parson, Majority Caucus Whip and 28th District Senator in the Missouri State Assembly
  • Patty Wagenknecht, Owner, Wagenknecht Farms, LLC
  • Dick Hutchison, President, La Monte Community Bank

Here are the 2013 candidates for the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri's Youth of the Year:

Judges will select one winner for the Elementary Youth of the Year (members ages 8 – 13) and one for the Teen Youth of the Year (members ages 14 -18). The Teen Youth of the Year winner will advance to the state competition in early April.