Apr 3, 2014 6:13 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Abbeville teen wins BGCA's 'Youth of the Year'

Rashyla Evans was named Louisiana Youth of the Year in the Boys and Girls Club annual recognition program. Evans will go on to the national competition to represent the Rodney Simon Club in Abbeville the state of Louisiana.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA'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.



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