Friday, December 19, 2014

State Youth of the Year

     Peninnah Bonhomme, a six-year member of the Boys and Girls Club of America, has been named Youth of the Year for the state of Connecticut by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Reader's Digest Foundation, the national program sponsor, presented her with a $1,000 scholarship, and Allstate, the Connecticut sponsor, awarded Bonhomme a $2,500 scholarship. She will go on to compete for the regional title. Sixteen teen representing Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state competed for the title.
     The Youth of the Year program, in its 59th year, recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, along with academic excellence and personal challenges and obstacles overcome.
     In addition to awarding each states finalist with a $1,000 college scholarship, the Reader's Digest Foundation awards each regional finalist a $10,000 college scholarship. The regional finalist will then go on to compete for the national title.
     Bonhomme, a senior at Central Magnet High School, is in the top 10 percent of her class, and is a CAPT scholar and National Merit scholar. She is active in her school and volunteers in her community, and plans to attend the University of Hartford to become a lawyer and child advocate.