Every year the Boys & Girls Clubs of America celebrates the most inspiring teens from Clubs from across the nation through the Youth of the Year program. In this competition, teens participate in local, state, and regional Youth of the Year events. At the events, they are given the opportunity to share their stories of leadership, service, academic success, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Out of the thousands of participants nationwide, six teens, including five regional winners, and one national military youth winner, are selected to advance to the National Youth of the Year Gala & Celebration dinner. Among the six finalists, one winner is chosen and named the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year. As Youth of the Year, the winner becomes the organizations traveling teen spokesperson.
After careful consideration, it is our pleasure to announce Abrianna Johnson as our 2019 Bud Rogers Youth of the Year. Abrianna was selected because of her academic excellence, leadership, and service. She has been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve for more than 7 years and holds her Club experience dearly. She is a Sophomore at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio. After high school, Abrianna has her eyes set on a few colleges, with Ohio State being at the top of her list. She plans to study nuclear physics. As a dedicated servant to her community, she strives to become successful so that she can improve the lives of those around her.
As the Bud Rogers Youth of the Year, Abrianna embodies the attributes shared by the man who the award is named after. These include generosity in serving the community, hard work, and high moral character. Shown by her dreams and aspirations, and exemplified in her talents and achievements, Abrianna is sure to have a significant impact on the world around her and has a bright future ahead of her.