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  1. 2013 Youth of the Year Awards Dinner Galloping Hill Caterers Union, NJ April 9, 2013 6:00pm

  2. Welcome to the 2013 Youth of the Year Awards Dinner! Meet Our 2013 Youth of the Year Candidates (Left to Right) Raven Adkins, Plainfield Club candidate Justin Phillips, Elizabeth Club candidate Natalia Rincon, Union Club candidate

  3. Buddie of the Year

  4. Jasmine Laryea Jasmine Laryea, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Hillside “Project Learn” After School program is: • A 1st grade student at AP Morris Early Childhood Center, where her favorite subjects are writing and math. • She has been a member of the Hillside Club for one year, when she began to attend our Project Learn After School Program. • During Project Learn, she enjoys helping her fellow members do their homework. • She is described by her counselors as intelligent, respectful, and goal oriented. • When she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

  5. Anita Ojibe Anita Ojibe, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Hillside “Project Learn” After School Program is: • A 3rd grade student at Hurden Looker Elementary where she is an Honor Student and was awarded Student of the Month for the month of Janaury 2013. • She has been a member of the Club for over three years, participating in our Summer Fun Club and Project Learn Program. • She actively participates in all Boys & Girls Clubs activities, especially in Power Hour. • She is described by her counselors as sweet, respectful, helpful, and polite.

  6. Julia Ramos Julia Ramos, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Hillside “Project Learn” After School Program is: • A 2nd Grade student at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School where she excels in all of her courses. • Julia has been a member of the Hillside Club for 2 years, when she began attending our Project Learn After School Program. • Julia is always willing to lend counselors and other members a helping hand with activities, clean up and snack time. • She enjoys participating in extra-curricular activities such as kickball, basketball, Jeopardy, and arts and crafts.

  7. Kaylona Smith Kaylona Smith, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Union Club is: • A 4th grade student at Hannah Caldwell School in Union, where her favorite subject is reading. • She is a hard working student who earns A’s and B’s in all her subjects. • She has been a member of the Club for 2 years when she began participating in the Buddie After School Program. • At the Club, Kaylona enjoys playing in the gym, participating in Arts & Crafts and computers. • When she grows up, she wants to become a WNBA player.

  8. Ciara Robertson Ciara Robertson, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Elizabeth Club is: • A kindergarten student at Mabel G. Holmes where her favorite subjects are Reading and science. • Ciara usually earns B’s in all of her classes and has received the Perfect Attendance and Dance awards at her school. • She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2011, when she began participating in smart girls, and Power Hour. • Her favorite activities in her spare time are dancing and singing. • When Ciara grows up, she wants to become a nurse.

  9. Jayden Nelson Jayden Nelson, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Roselle “Project Learn” program is: • A 3rd grade student at Harrison Elementary School where his favorite subjects are math, and science. • Jayden usually earns A’s in all of his classes and has received the Principal Scholar and Honor Role awards at school. • He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2012 when he began participating in Power Hour and Torch Club. • His favorite activities are jumping on his trampoline, video games and board games. • When Jayden grows up, he wants to become a teacher.

  10. Donovan Long Donovan Long, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Roselle “Project Learn” program is: • A 3rd grade student at Dr. Charles C. Polk School, where his favorite subjects are math and social studies. • He earns A’s in all of his classes and has received the Perfect Attendance and Honor Roll awards at school. • He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since Kindergarten when he began participating in Project Learn. • His favorite activities are basketball, playing video games, and surfing the internet. • When Donovan grows up, he wants to become a pro basketball player.

  11. JakeimKeymell-Walker JakeimKeymell-Walker, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Roselle “Project Learn” program is: • A kindergarten student at Kindergarten Success Academy, where his favorite subjects are computers and reading. • He earns A, B’s in all of his subjects and has recently received the Citizenship Award at his school. • Jakeim has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2012 when he began to participate in Power Hour and Triple play. • His favorite activities are playing sonic, playing with his cars 2 collection and watching movies. • When Jakeim grows up, he wants to become a chef, astronaut or police officer.

  12. Andres DiMatteo Andres DiMatteo the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Roselle “Project Learn” program is: • A 3rd grade student at Washington Elementary School in Roselle, where his favorite subjects are computers and writing. • Andres usually earns B’s in all of his courses and has received the “Student of the Month” award at school. • He has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2010 when he began participating in Triple Play. • At the Club, his favorite activities are Board Games, Pokémon Cards and Baseball. • When he grows up, he wants to become a veterinarian.

  13. Janell Moore Janell Moore, the 2013 Buddie of the Year from the Plainfield Club is: • A 2nd grade student at Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School where her favorite subjects are art and science • Janell usually earns A’s in all of her classes and she is a member of the Student Council at school. • She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2012 when she began participating in the Buddie After-School Program, Triple Play and Arts & Crafts. • Her favorite activities are completing arts & crafts, reading and designing clothes for her dolls. • When Janell grows up she wants to become a famous designer.

  14. Junior of the Year

  15. Ajanee’ Wineglass Ajanee’ Wineglass, the 2013 Junior of the Year from the Hillside “Project Learn” After School Program is: • A 6th Grade at WOK Middle School. • She has been a member of the Club for over a year, where she participates in the Project Learn After School Program. • Her favorite extra-curricular activities are singing and dancing. • She is very enthusiastic and is always ready for new things.

  16. Jalynn White Jalynn White, the 2013 Junior of the Year from the Union Club is: • A 6th grade student at Burnet Middle School where her favorite subject is English. • She is a hard working student who earns A’s in all subjects. • Jalynn has been a member of the Club for 6 years and participates in the After School Program, where she enjoys playing in the gym and is a member of the Torch Club. • When she grows up, she would like to become a dancer / choreographer.

  17. Jahyeer Pendleton Jahyeer Pendleton, the 2013 Junior of the Year from the Elizabeth Club is: • A 3rd grade student at Mabel G. Holmes, where his favorite subjects are math and reading. • Jahyeer usually earns B’s in all of his classes and has recently received the Superintendent’s Scholar Award. • He has been a member of the Boys & Girls since 2012, when he began participating in Triple Play and Power Hour. • His favorite activities are Football, Basketball and Playing X-Box. • When he grows up he wants to become a Football Player.

  18. Dashaun Isaac Dashaun Isaac, the 2013 Junior of the Year from the Roselle “Project Learn” program is: • A 6th grade student at LV Moore where his favorite subjects are science and Language Arts. • He usually earns A’s & B’s in all of his classes. • Dashaun has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2011 when he began participating in Power Hour and Triple Play. • His favorite activities are soccer, video games, and arts and crafts. • When Dashaun grows up, he wants to become a professional soccer player.

  19. Rashid Odoms Rashid Odoms, the 2013 Junior of the Year from the Plainfield Club is: • a 7th Grade student at Saint Bartholomew’s Academy in Scotch Plains, where his favorite subjects are Social Studies and Math. • He has been a member of the Boys & Girls club since 2010 when he began participating in Smart Moves, Passport to Manhood and Club Tech programs. • His favorite activities are playing basketball and video games. • When Rashid grows up he wants to become a professional athlete.

  20. Spirit Award

  21. ChidinmaChigozie-Nwosu ChidinmaChidozie-Nwosu, the 2013 Spirit of the Year from the Hillside “Project Learn” After School Program is: • A 5th Grade student at George Washington School where she excels in all of her classes. • She has been a member of the Club for over a year, where she participates in the Project Learn After School Program. • Her favorite activities to participate in are arts and crafts and Matball. • She is describe by her counselors as creative, imaginative, and respectful.

  22. Marlon Roberts Marlon Roberts, the 2013 Spirit of the Year Award Winner from the Union Club is: • An 8th grade student at Burnet Middle School, where he plays on the Saturday basketball team. • He is a hardworking student who maintains a B average in all subjects, especially Math. • Marlon has been a member of the Club for 3 years, where he participates in the After School Program. • At the Club, Marlon enjoys playing basketball and socializing with his friends. • When he grows up, he would like to become a NBA basketball player.

  23. Aiyana Williams Aiyana Williams, the 2013 Spirit of the Year Award Winner from the Plainfield Club is: • a 5th grade student at Saint Bartholomew’s Academy in Scotch Plains, where her favorite subjects are math and spelling. • She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since 2010 when she began participating in the Buddie After-School Program, Smart Girls and Club Tech programs. • Her favorite activities are swimming, basketball and running track. • When Aiyana grows up she wants to become a hair stylist.

  24. Youth of the Year

  25. Justin Phillips JUSTIN PHILLIPS, THE 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP FROM THE ELIZABETH CLUB IS: • A 17 YEAR OLD SENIOR AT ST. MARYS HIGH SCHOOL. HE IS CURRENTLY PLANNING ON ATTENDING UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA TO PURSUE A CAREER IN CIVIL ENGINEERING UPON GRADUATION. • HIS FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN SCHOOL ARE ENGLISH AND MATH. • HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR 5 YEARS AND IS A LEADER OF THE PASSPORT TO MANHOOD GROUP; MEMBER OF THE KEYSTONE CLUB AND AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM INTERN. • JUSTIN HAS ALSO COMPETED IN MANY SPORT COMPETITIONS FOR BASKETBALL IN SEVERAL STATES. • IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE ENJOYS PLAYING BASKETBALL, WATCHING MOVIES, AND ATTENDING SPORTING EVENTS.

  26. Raven Adkins RAVEN ADKINS, THE 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP FROM THE PLAINFIELD CLUB IS: • - A 17 YEAR OLD SENIOR AT BARACK OBAMA GREEN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS CURRENTLY PLANNING ON ATTENDING MONTCLAIR UNIVERSITY TO PURSUE A CAREER IN SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY UPON GRADUATION. • -HER FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL IS MATH. • - SHE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS, PARTICIPATED IN THE KEYSTONE CLUB, THE INTERSHIP PROGRAM AND TEEN CAMP. • -IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING THE CLUB, SHE VOLUNTEERS AT THE CHILDREN’S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL. • -IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE ENJOYS HELPING OTHERS AS OFTEN AS SHE CAN.

  27. Natalia Rincon NATALIA RINCON, THE 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP FROM THE UNION CLUB IS: • - A 17 YEAR OLD JUNIOR AT MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS CURRENTLY PLANNING ON ATTENDING PRINCETON UNIVERSITY TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING UPON GRADUATION. • -HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN SCHOOL ARE MATH, AND FRENCH. • -SHE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB FOR 9 YEARS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE SWIM TEAM WHERE SHE HOLDS MORE THAN 20 RECORDS IN FLY, BACK AND IM EVENTS. • -NATALIA HAS ALSO COMPETED IN COLUMBIA, ECUADOR, AND CHILE AS WELL AS MANY COMPETITIONS HERE IN THE US. • -NATALIA HAS BEEN A PART OF THE COLUMBIAN NATIONAL TEAM FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND HAS COMPETED AND WON AT THE PACIFIC CUP. • -IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE ENJOYS DANCING, PLAYING SPORTS, AND ATTENDING SOCIAL GATHERINGS.

  28. Meet Our Judges • Tim Williams-Manager Community Outreach, Elizabethtown Gas • Douglas W. Schoenberger-VP Public Policy, Verizon • Maureen Tinen-President, UCEDC • John Crisafulli-Assistant VP, Northfield Bank • Brian McLain-VP Operations, Elizabethtown Gas • Jamel Holley-Mayor, Roselle, NJ • Colleen Mahr-Mayor, Fanwood, NJ • Sharon Robinson-Briggs-Mayor, Plainfield, NJ

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