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Monrovia Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Candidates

On Thursday, Feb. 6, three local Youth of the Year candidates will be recognized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills for their outstanding contributions to their community, and one will be named the 2014 Youth of the Year.

This year’s local honorees include Donye Neal, a senior at Canyon Oaks High School, Samantha Rodarte, and Margarita Sandoval, both seniors at Monrovia High School.

The Youth of the Year program recognizes club members who, with the help of their Club, have met obstacles head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. Youth of the Year winners demonstrate service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Our local Youth of the Year winner receives a $500 scholarship and goes on to compete at the county level.

John Wilson, Executive Director, said: “Our judges had a difficult task in selecting a winner, and I’m glad I didn’t have to make that decision.”

BGCF also honors individuals and business that have been instrumental in the Club’s success. This year, BGCF will be recognizing Panda Express with its “Community Partner of the Year” award for its continued commitment to the BGCF with ongoing professional guidance and support in addition to its sponsorship of the annual holiday party.

BGCF is also honoring “Volunteer of the Year,” Denise Weaver, and “Employee of the Year,” Hayley Vasquez.

To make a reservation to attend the Youth of the Year awards ceremony on February 6 at the DoubleTree, please email Amanda Navar, Director of Development, at

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

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