WSIL -- The Boys and Girls Club fourth annual Junior and Senior Youth of the Year competition will be held at the end of the month.
The celebration dinner will be held on Thursday, January, 24 at 6 p.m. It will be located at the SIU Student Center in Ballroom B. The finalists have been chosen. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $5.00 per child, and club family members are $10.00 per person. This year the event will feature guest speaker and SIUC Assistant Basketball coach, Anthony Beane, Sr.
Six youth compete for the Coveted Titles. Two high school students (Miles Showalter and Ja'Riah Coleman) will compete for the Youth of the Year title. The winner will compete at the State Competition on April 9th and 10th in Springfield, IL. The winner will also receive a college scholarship.
Four youth (Knowledge Gayles, Ethan Reuter, Abigail Fields, and Cordell Cady) are competing for the Junior Youth of the Year award. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels.
The club is still looking for sponsors you are interested in being a sponsor at the $200, $500, or $1,000 level or for tickets and/or questions call (618) 457-8877.