A Natrona County High School senior has been honored as the the Boys & Girls Clubs State Youth of the Year. 18 year old Sierra White was awarded the title on Monday, February 13, at a Legislative Dinner in Cheyenne.

Sierra has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming since moving to Casper six years ago as a pre-teen, and says the Club has become her family. “There has been one constant in my life, one place where I can go to find protectors and friends," said Sierra. “My place is the Club.”

As the State winner, Sierra receives a full scholarship to the University of Wyoming and will represent Wyoming at the regional competition in Texas in June.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’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 used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Contestants are judged in several categories presented in written essays, an oral speech, and live interviews.

To learn more about the Youth of the Year competition, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.