The Greeneville & Greene County Boys & Girls Club has selected members qualifying for the 2013 Youth of the Year awards.
Kyra White, 14, received the High School Youth of the Year award, while the Middle School Youth of the Year winner is 12-year-old Carmon Hamilton.
The Elementary Youth of the Year winners are 8-year-old Lindsay Foster and 9-year-old Kylee Ricker.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive, according to a recent news release from the club.
As the Boys & Girls Club of America's premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.
Youth of the Year is designed to encourage club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities.
The local winners each receive a new computer system from Dennis and Nancy Kenner, of Kenner Consulting.
White will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use at the college of her choice.
White will also receive a $250 college scholarship from CMT (County Music Television) for placing in the top 18 at the state competition.
White is a student at Greeneville High School.
The local club noted in the release that she was selected High School Youth of the Year for sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
On Tuesday, March 26, White competed against 18 other Youth of the Year statewide finalists chosen from 51,000 youth who are served in Tennessee by Boys & Girls Clubs.
She was joined in Nashville by her mother, Onya White.
In addition to the Youth of the Year competition, finalists had the opportunity to spend time at the state Capitol and hear Gov. Bill Haslam address a joint session of the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate.
White also visited with local legislators state Sen. Steve Southerland, R-1st, of Morristown, and state Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville.
'OUTSTANDING STUDENT, PERSON'
"We are proud to have Kyra as our local Youth of the Year. She represented Greeneville and Greene County very well at the state competition," Director Scott Bullington said.
"Kyra is an outstanding student and person," Program Director Cathy Osborne said.
"She is a very well-rounded individual, who has a good head on her shoulders. I feel that she will go above and beyond all expectations we have for her."
White is active at Greeneville High School as the freshman representative for the Key Club.
She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Priority, Spirit Nation and the Junior Varsity Basketball team.
While involved in these extracurricular activities, she holds a 3.0 grade-point average.
White is a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she is the secretary of Sunday school, a member of the youth choir and a member of the praise and dance team.
She is a seven-year member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County.
'LIKE A SECOND FAMILY'
"The Boys & Girls Club is like a second family to me," she said. "I love coming here and seeing my friends and the staff. This place is like home to me."
While at the club, she enjoys the Arts & Crafts room, playing games in the gymnasium with her friends, and helping out where she is needed as a junior staff member.
White is the daughter of Kline and Onya White, of Greeneville.
Hamilton is a 7th grader at Greeneville Middle School, where he is a member of the Honors Choir.
He has attended the club for eight years and is very active in the Torch Club.
Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13.
When at the club, he enjoys hanging out in the gamesroom and assisting as a member of the junior staff.
Hamilton takes pleasure in seeing his friends after school and during the summer at the club.
He sings in the choir at church and, in his free time, likes to go to the skating rink and read books.
Hamilton is the son of Thomas Hamilton and Amber Carter, of Greeneville.
Foster is in the 3rd grade at Doak Elementary School and has been a member of the club for three years now.
She takes part in the club's gardening program.
While at the Club, Foster also enjoys spending time in the gymnasium and the computer room.
"Power Hour helps me get my homework done so that I can spend more time with my mom when I get home," Foster said of the club's homework/study time.
Foster is the daughter of Heather Foster, of Greeneville.
Ricker is in the 3rd grade at Hal Henard Elementary School.
She has been a member of the club for one year and takes part in the club's Power Hour program.
Ricker said she enjoys attending Power Hour as it helps her complete her homework each day and improve her grades at school.
Her favorite rooms at the club are the computer room and the gymnasium, where she enjoys hanging out and playing games with friends.
Ricker is the daughter of April Ricker of Greeneville.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County is at 470 West Church Street, behind the Health Department. To contact the club, call 787-9334 or 787-9322.