Andrew Conser, Maoreen Shirai, Kevin Kincaid
Corvallis, OR – The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis will host a competition in which one teen will be named Corvallis’ Youth of the Year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bob and Billie Holcomb Family, our 2017 Youth of the Year will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward tuition at the school of their choice. The runner-up receives a $2,500 college scholarship from the Pastega Family Foundation. Our 3rd place contestant will receive a $1,250 college scholarship from the Corvallis Elks Club. All three finalists also receive a laptop computer, underwritten by Wells Fargo – Schupp, Plemmons, & Cook Wealth Management Group.
The Corvallis Youth of the Year Competition will culminate on February 17, 2017 at 11:45 am. Each finalist will work hard to compose an essay and bio, be interviewed by a panel of judges and present a 3 minute speech at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis’ All Service Club Luncheon to a large audience of community members and judges. At the time of their presentations, candidates will have completed approximately 8 weeks of coaching and preparation for the competition.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As the Boys & Girls Club’s premier youth 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 personal growth and perseverance. The candidate titled Corvallis Youth of the Year will go on to compete at the state level and on, with the potential to win a national title.
Introducing 2017 Youth of the Year finalists:
Andy is a senior at Corvallis High School. He was born in Albany, OR but after his parents’ divorce when he was 11, he and his younger sister, Olivia, split their time between Corvallis and Albany. Andy has been a Club member for the past seven years and has participated in numerous programs and activities. He’s been involved in both Torch and Keystone leadership Clubs and is an active participant in our Boys2Men and tutoring programs. Andy has helped work on our Halloween activities all four years of high school and has spent numerous hours volunteering at the Club. Outside of the Club, Andy has played rugby for the past four years and has practiced Brazilian Jeu Jitzeu for the past five years. After graduation, Andy plans to take a gap year before joining the Coast Guard. He hopes to attend LBCC or OSU after four years with the Coast Guard, with dreams of becoming an electrician or a contractor.
Maoreen is a Corvallis High School senior and has attended the Club for 11 years. Originally from Honolulu, HI, Maoreen and her family moved to Corvallis in 2007 when Maoreen was nine years old. The third oldest in her family, Maoreen has two brothers and three sisters. She has been actively involved in many of the programs and activities offered at the Club over the years, including being a Keystone Club member for all four years of High School, participating in the Smart Girls program in both Middle and High School, and going through the T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow Program. Maoreen was employed by Corvallis Parks and Recreation in the summer of 2016 as part of the T3 program. Maoreen has volunteered at Club in beach clean ups, community outreach and with our Halloween celebrations. Outside of the Club, she’s played Powder Puff Football for Corvallis High School and is an active member at Trinity Missionary Church. Maoreen teaches hula and Tahitian dancing, and dances with her family at events. After graduation, Maoreen wants to attend Evergreen College in Washington to earn an Early Education degree. Maoreen wants to teach elementary school students in Hawaii, Chuuk or Micronesia.
Kevin is a senior at Corvallis High School. He is a Corvallis native and has attended the Club for a total of 6 years. Kevin has been actively involved in many of the programs offered at Club including Keystone, classes offered in our D3 Digital Design Lab and helping with our Halloween activities. Kevin has volunteered at Club for a variety of events and was part of the Welcoming Patrol at last year’s Keystone Conference. This year Kevin has been a large part of the success of our #WEOWNFRIDAYS Extended Hours events. He is also the co-leader of the drum line at Corvallis High School, played soccer and Ultimate Frisbee for CHS, and has been tap dancing for 11 years. Kevin has already started exploring higher education, taking classes at Western Oregon University and Linn Benton Community College. He has aspirations to attend an Ivy League school and his dream school is Carnegie Melon University. Kevin wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and art, and hopes to find a career as a video game animator.
Interested in attending the 2017 All Service Club Luncheon & Youth of the Year competition?
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Cost of lunch is $10