2018-19 YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

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TISHA B.

TISHA B.

VIRGINIA G. PIPER BRANCH

Tisha is a senior at Chaparral High School and has been a Club Kid for4 years. Her hero or greatest influence is Hermoine Granger.

MICHAEL B.

MICHAEL B.

VESTAR BRANCH

Michael is a senior at Pinnacle High School and has been a Club Kid for 12years. His hero or greatest influence is his dad.

ALEXANDRA G.

ALEXANDRA G.

SCOTTSDALE CHARROS BRANCH

Alexandra is a junior at ASU Preparatory has been a Club Kid for 10 years. Her hero or greatest influence is her mother.

CALEB J.

CALEB J.

RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH

Caleb is a senior at Salt River High School and has been a Club kid for 10 years. His hero or greatest influence is his mom.

JAKE M.

JAKE M.

MARY ELLEN & ROBERT MCKEE BRANCH

Jake is a senior at Scottsdale Christian Academy and has been a Club Kid for 8 years. His hero or greatest influence is his grandpa.

TARA M.

TARA M.

THUNDERBIRDS BRANCH

Tara is a senior at Pinnacle High School and has been a Club Kid for 10 years. Her hero or greatest influence is her mom.

ELYSSA V.

ELYSSA V.

LEHI BRANCH

Elyssa is a senior at Westwood High School and has been a Club Kid for 8 years. Her hero or greatest influence is her step-mom.

JESSICA V.

JESSICA V.

HARTLEY & RUTH BRANCH

Jessica is a senior at Arcadia High School and has been a Club kid for 11 years. Her hero or greatest influence is her mother and older sister.

2019 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE YOUTH OF THE YEAR

TISHA BHATNAGAR

On March 1, Tisha Bhatnagar from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Virginia G. Piper Branch was named 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

Selected from a field of 8 candidates, Tisha was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Voya Financial and will go on to compete at the state level this spring. The state winner will go onto a regional competition and regional winners will go on to Washington, D.C., with the chance of being named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year.

Tisha has been a Club kid for 5 years. The Club has been her place to become someone who helps others.

Club staff and programs have helped her learn that she can be a leader and someone who makes change happen.

Tisha hopes to study pre-med or applied science in college and become a neurosurgeon.

Her message for her generation is: “Find a cause you are passionate about, and get off the sidelines and do something about it.”

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