2020 Youth of the Year Recap
On Saturday, February 8 at the Southwest Boys & Girls Club, over 200 community members gathered to honor nine exceptional teens for their accomplishments in leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.
In a difficult decision, judges selected two award recipients: Miracle of the Joel E. Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club was named King County's 2020 Youth of the Year, and Liya from the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club was awarded the Quincy Robertson Service & Leadership Award.
The Quincy Robertson Service & Leadership Award recognizes an individual Youth of the Year finalist who has clearly demonstrated excellence in serving their Club and community as a youth. This award is named after Qunicy Robertson, who spent is 39-year career serving youth and his community in countless ways.
Miracle is the 2020 King County Youth of the Year!
A 10-year Club member and consistent 4.0 student, Miracle is a role model and leader at the Club. After a traumatic event, Miracle found strength from her family and the Club. She now knows she's bulletproof and wants to use her experience to help and inspire others. Miracle plans to attend Stanford University, become a pediatric surgeon, and continue advocating for marginalized populations.
Liya is the 2020 Quincy Robertson Service & Leadership Award Winner!
Liya is an 11-year Club member and president of Wallingford's Keystone Club. Through a painful period of self-doubt, societal pressures, and family responsibilities, Liya emerged a strong and resilient individual. The support and relationships she's found at the Club have helped her find her voice, and now she wants to pass that gift onto others.
Big congratulations to all the Youth of the Year candidates!
Shout out to last year's winners who were in attendance this year!
Adam, Sammamish's 2019 Youth of the Year & Quincy Robertson Service & Leadership Award Winner
Piper, Ballard's 2019 Youth of the Year and King County's 2019 Youth of the Year
(Not pictured: Maya, Rotary's 2019 Youth of the Year, also in attendance)
Thank you to our amazing judges!
From left to right: Amish Patel, Nancy Remak, Sharolyn Mays, Brad Walker, Mario Bailey, and Quincy Robertson (not pictured: JoAnne Fabian)