“I felt shocked and proud because I never saw myself in this position!”
Sierra White wiped tears from her cheeks and struggled to keep her emotions in check. On February 13, 2017, Sierra was named the Wyoming State Youth of the Year. With just one semester left in high school, this senior no longer has to wonder how she will pay for college. As the state winner, she receives a full scholarship to the University of Wyoming.
Sierra began coming to the Club as a pre-teen after moving to Casper to live with her grandparents. Having just lost her mother following an untimely death, Sierra was already in a fragile state. Thrown into a new school with her Texas accent, she faced teasing and bullying for being different. It wasn’t until she walked into the Boys & Girls Club that she was able to finally let her walls down and be accepted for who she was.
“The Club has been a safe place for me. It became a great support system for me throughout the years,” said Sierra. “It is my second home full of family and friends.”
Throughout Sierra’s teen years, she’s endured the loss of her dad and both of her grandparents. She lived with two of her aunts who she says were abusive to her. After moving from house to house, Sierra finally found a place to call home with her “godmother.”
The 18 year old refuses to let tragedy define her life. She chooses to live her life with courage and to strive for the best.
“I want other youth to know that their past does not dictate their future. They can control their own story and write their own future.”
As for Sierra’s future, after graduation from Natrona County High School, she plans to attend college to become a nurse.
Visit our Facebook page to congratulate Sierra and wish her well at Regional Competition in June.