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Boys and Girls Club to host 2015 Youth of the Year awards

L-R: N'Zier Bohannon, Esmael Soto, Austin Leathers, and Aysia Miles (Credit: Wendy McReynolds) L-R: N'Zier Bohannon, Esmael Soto, Austin Leathers, and Aysia Miles (Credit: Wendy McReynolds)
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley will host their 2nd annual Youth of the Year awards on Thursday, Feb. 19. 

The event will be held at the National Infantry Museum at 7 p.m. 

Esmael Soto, N'Zier Bohannon, Austin Leathers, and Aysia Miles will compete for the opportunity to be named the 2015 Youth of the Year for the Chattahoochee Valley.

Each day leading up to the event, we will present a profile of one the four finalists.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen recognition program, the Youth of the Year title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. 

The ceremonial event will also recognize two community leaders who will be inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame. The Inductees were selected based on an exceptional willingness to volunteer and contribute to the success of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.

This year's inductees are John F. Flournoy of Flournoy Development being inducted as the Service to Youth nominee; and Philip W. Tomlinson, outgoing President and CEO of TSYS and former Boys & Girls Club Member being inducted as the Club Alumni nominee. 

All proceeds raised from the event will go directly to support to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.

Youth of the Year is a year-round program focused on the development of Boys and Girls Club members as community leaders. 

Candidates are evaluated on a number of criteria including academic performance, service in the community and Club, public speaking, and essay writing. 


Several thousand dollars in scholarships are awarded to the youth who participate in the valley-wide competition. Each of these nominees will serve as spokespersons for the Boys and Girls Clubs throughout 2015. 

The Youth of the Year winner will have the opportunity to compete with other Club members on the state, regional and national levels, earn scholarships, and possibly meet the President of the United States. 

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