Isabell Norris, a sophomore from Dubois K-12 School, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Youth of the Year on Wednesday, September 14, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s 24th Annual Awards & Recognition breakfast in Casper. As the child of a single mother who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Isabell had to learn life lessons more quickly. She credits the Boys & Girls Club with teaching her leadership and independence.
After her mother suffered a recent stroke, Isabell had to teach her to walk and talk again. Through this experience, she grew in leadership, courage and empathy. She is a straight A student who participates in basketball, volleyball and track. “I don’t think I would be the person I am today without the leadership the Club has given me,” said Isabell.
Because of her love for animals, Isabell plans to become a veterinarian after graduation. “In addition to the Club and my family, my horses have always helped me when I’m in a rough place. They’ve always been there for me. When I am struggling with handling everything at home I know that there is always a place to go to clear my head and get back onto my feet again,” said Isabell.
Isabell received a $7,500 scholarship from the late Ruth R. Ellbogen, who endowed the Scholarship Education Fund of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Foundation. She also received a Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Youth of the Year plaque. Isabell will go on to represent the Club at the state Youth of the Year Competition in February.