A member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming has won the State Youth of the Year Competition. Brentan Brown, 17, was awarded the state title Tuesday, February 11 at the State Capitol in Cheyenne. As the state winner, Brentan receives a full scholarship to the University of Wyoming (supplement to Hathaway) and will represent Wyoming at the regional competition in Texas in June.
The Kelly Walsh High School senior has been a Club member for ten years. Brentan credits the Club with helping him find his voice. He comfortably takes on the role of a leader and mentor within the Club. He is involved in debate and is a DECA state champion. He is also an officer with his high school’s honor society.
“The Club helped me learn that not everyone is just like me and that’s ok,” said Brentan. “I want to use my voice to speak up for those who feel they don’t have one.”
Brentan plans to study law following graduation from high school this spring.
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the 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 used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Contestants are judged in several categories presented in written essays, an oral speech, and live interviews.