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Brianna Shepherd: Regional Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian Country extends a special congratulation to the Southwest Regional Military Youth of the Year, Brianna Shepherd (Navajo). In addition to being a member of the Holloman Air Force Base Youth Activities Center in New Mexico, Brianna was also an honor roll student, avid volunteer, and Keystone Club leader throughout high school. A daughter of an Air Force master sergeant, Brianna’s family moved throughout her childhood, but the one place Brianna could consistently go to find immediate friends and caring adults was the Boys & Girls Club.

“The Club has been in my life since I was in the fourth grade,” she said. “Over these past seven years, I have grown to love all that it stands for. It has played a big part in my experiences as a child and young adult. The Club is one of the few things that have always been here for me through some of the best and worst times. It has helped me through multiple military moves, provided me with friends, assisted me in becoming more involved in my community, and bestowed upon me some of the best experiences and opportunities.”

Throughout high school, Brianna participated in many extracurricular activities, including Keystone Club, Air Force Teen Council, National Honor Society, Student 2 Student, Golden Scholar, and Interact Club. By being involved in so many extracurricular activities, Brianna could connect the Club with other community resources. As the Holloman Air Force Teen Council Representative, Brianna worked with the Keystone Club to coordinate community service events, such as Operation Care Packages, an event where Club members would pack boxes loaded with supplies, food, and entertainment for military service members stationed at bases overseas.

This fall, Brianna begins a new chapter as a college student. Accepted on a four-year scholarship, Brianna is a freshman at Stanford University. Brianna will compete for National Military Youth of the Year from September 10-13, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The winner of this competition will go onto compete for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year on September 18, 2013. Congratulations, Brianna, and good luck!