2017 Youth of the Year Selected!

Congratulations to Javier Ceja!  Javier has been selected as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley’s Youth of the Year.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

 The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels, with an additional military phase for members of BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations.

Javier and runner-up Kelly Laurean were both provided scholarships from Lynn and Brian Chichi!

 

2017 Youth of the Year Javier Ceja and James Littlejohn

Javier Ceja is Senior at San Juan Hills High School and has been attending the Clubs since he was 8 years old.  Due to his tenure at the Club, Javier has participated in many of the programs that are offered including  Power Hour homework, Torch Club and The Keystone Club.  Janey Gidion his English and AVID teacher at San Juan Hills High School said this about Javier.  “Javier posses key qualities for a successful future:  native intelligence, strong moral character, and limitless fortitude….he is likable, committed and trustworthy.”  Congratulations Javier and good luck at the Orange County Youth of the Year competition.

2017 Youth of the Year runner up Kelly Laurean and James Littlejohn

Kelly Laurean is a 17 year old senior attending Trabuco Hills High School in Missoin Viejo.  Kelly began attending the Rancho Santa Margarita Branch of the Clubs when it first opened five years ago.  She is an active member, participating in a variety of Club activities such as:  Junior Staff, SMART Girls and the Keystone Club.  An excellent student with a 3.6 GPA Kelly will be the first of her family to not only graduate High School, but attend college as well!  Congratulations Kelly!

Congratulations to Amber Appleton! 

She is our 1st ever “Jr. Youth of the Year.”  She is a 13 year old 8th grader attending Marco Forester Middle School.

Youth of the Year candidates Javier Ceja and Kelly Laurean pose with scholarship checks provided by Board of Regents Lynn and Brian Chichi.

 

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Youth of the Year Winners!

Art Department Via Positiva Site Aliso Viejo Ranch Santa Margarita
7 to 9 years old Sarah Reynoso Eimy Rabadan Valentina Simboli
10 to 12 years old Angelica Policarpo Iris Martinez Kimberly Ramirez
13 to 15 years old Jackson Karlson n/a Tyler Daniels
16 to 18 years old N/A n/a n/a
Athletic Department
7 to 9 years old Caoimhin Grothe – Brinton Marisol Bahena Weston Georgeson
10 to 12 years old Yeremy Galeana Cameron Outland Nathan Castellanos
13 to 15 years old Juan Lua Carlos Bautista Jessica Sanchez
16 to 18 years old Lindsay Reynoso n/a n/a
Education Department
7 to 9 years old Andrew Garcia Vanessa Sotelo Miguel Sanchez
10 to 12 years old Derek Sirena Tanya Vasquez Gwenevere Kern
13 to 15 years old Amber Appleton Oswaldo Gomez Julio Sanchez
16 to 18 years old Javier Ceja n/a Kelly Laurean
Social Recreation
7 to 9 years old Levi Erikson Alexis Millan Giselle Nunez
10 to 12 years old Sheyla Cruz Michael Barraza Abigail Sanchez
13 to 15 years old Jaedyn Soto Kimberly Gomez Paola Arcos
16 to 18 years old Deshun Edwards n/a n/a
Technology Department
7 to 9 years old Julian Munoz Aaliyah Rojas Adrian Dominguez
10 to 12 years old Malcom Goytia Consuelo Mendez Charlie Fisher
13 to 15 years old Daniel Garcia n/a Hannah Ferreria
16 to 18 years old N/A Antonio Sanchez n/a
Teen Department
13 to 15 years old Luis Flores Sheyla Gutierrez
16 to 18 years old Alexis Rodriguez Bryan Gomez
Overall Winners
7 to 9 years old Alexander Rojas Ashley Garcia Abby Lineras
10 to 12 years old Alondra Lua Mariana Millan Alexandra Manzano
13 to 15 years old Eleni Rodriguez Juan Vasquez Leslie Lugo
16 to 18 years old
Service Awards Name + # of service hours Ana Celso – 50 Citlaly Sanchez- 50 
Kameron Timms 70 Emma Wheeler- 50 
Lili Gomez – 50 Cody Henmi- 125 
Michael Barraza 60
Mariana Millan – 100