2014 Youth of the Year Hunter Lopez
After a grueling few hours and 5 interviews from some fantastic BGCCC Club Members, Morehead City “Sunshine Lady” Club member Hunter Lopez was named the 2015 Youth of the Year. Hunter is in the 10th grade at West Carteret and has been attending the MHC Club since he was 6 years old. He has logged in 1,452 days attending the club and is currently co-president of the clubs “Keystone Club”. During his interview Hunter said many times, “I am extremely proud to wear the Boys & Girls Club logo on my chest every day”. When asked what he feels our American youth need at this time Hunter replied “Graduation rate is disheartening for me. Everyone attending High School should graduate and stay focused. If I had an opportunity to encourage youth in America it would be to “Be smart and stay in school and graduate”. Hunter’s goal is to attend the Naval Academy and serve his country, but if he is not able to get in he has a back-up plan of attending college and going into sports medicine and becoming a Doctor.
Hunter stated that his mother, grandmother and BGCCC have made a tremendous impact in his life. “Growing up without a dad was hard but at BGCCC I have everything I want and need in a family”. Hunter said the staff at BGCCC are his family, mentors and father figure. His closing remarks during the interview were “The club has made me the man I am today and I will embrace it for many years to come”.
Please visit the sites below to find out more about the Boys & Girls Club.
Boys and Girls Club of America — http://www.bgca.org/
Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina — http://www.bgccc.net/
BGCCC Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.