Fort Worth, TX January 23, 2019 - Selected among nine outstanding youth, Torion Lewis and Jenny Viguearas have each been named Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. Following on the 2018 merger of Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth to form Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County (BGCGTC), the national organization gave special permission for BGCGTC to award two outstanding youth this year--one from Arlington and one from Fort Worth.
The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 72nd year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Torion and Jenny will go on to contend for the Texas Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“We are so proud of Torion and Jenny,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, CEO & President. “These young ladies have worked very hard, and they exhibit all of the characteristics and values that I know will make each of them a strong contender for the Texas Youth of the Year competition.”
Torion Lewis is a longtime member of the Don Kromer Branch in Arlington. She is a junior at Seguin High School and plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin with a career goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Jenny Viguearas is a member of the Panther Branch in Fort Worth. She is a junior at South Hills High School and plans to attend Texas Tech University.
If Torion or Jenny win at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Southwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2019, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000.
The Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by The Walt Disney Company, who has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota is the Signature Sponsor of the national Youth of the Year program. For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.