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Joplin teen wins Youth of the Year honor for Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURI

April 7, 2014 Joplin, MO – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Lane Galbraith will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Missouri 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 Club of Southwest Missouri, 14-year old Lane is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’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.

Lane has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest MIssouri for 4 years and has been one of the most dedicated members while attending the club. He has been a member of the Torch Club in his tenure at the Club. Torch Club is the Boys & Girls Club’s service Club that teaches children the value of community service. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. Lane has participated in several fundraising and service projects for our club members as well. These projects include discount booklet sales, serving at the Ronald McDonald House, landscaping and garden clean up as well as mentoring younger Club members. Lane is a great leader and role model for our younger members at the club and helps contribute to the success of the club in our four core areas: service to club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.

Lane is currently an eighth grader at South Middle School in Joplin. Lane’s goals after high school are to attend college and become a businessman. Lane is definitely on track to reach his goals and we are very excited for his opportunity to complete for Missouri Youth of the Year competition.

If Lane wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title Midwest 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 BGCA’s 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 of the United States in the White House.

Lane will leave tomorrow, April 8th, at 7:00am for Jefferson City will he will compete. On Thursday he will participate in activities at the Capital and have his name announced on the floor of the House.

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