The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is proud to announce that Amber Bennett has been named the Central Wyoming Youth of the Year. At the 17th Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast, the 16 year old won a $5,000 Ruth R. Ellbogen Education Award, along with the chance to compete at the state level in February.

The Natrona County High School junior has been a Club member for ten years. Amber calls the Club her safe place where she can be herself, hang out with friends, and nurture her passion for art.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is 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.

Kaitlin Hudson, Kelly Walsh High School freshman, and Marissa Perez, Kelly Walsh High School freshman, were finalists in this year’s competition and will receive a $250 Ruth R. Ellbogen Education Award.