Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas Congratulates Regional "Youth of the Year" Winner

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is thrilled to announce, Cecilia Garza as the Boys & Girls Club Southwest Regional Youth of the Year (YOY) winner. This program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.  Garza competed against Boys & Girls Club YOY contestants from Wyoming, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Montana, New Mexico and Kansas, while representing Texas at the regional level.
 
Previously, Garza won the 2014 Dallas Youth of the Year scholarship sponsored by Coca-Cola and the State of Texas Youth of the Year Award Competition in Austin. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD), she also 
received the David Blackwell scholarship sponsored by Michael George for $15,000. She is now advancing in the competition to compete in September against five other regional winners in Washington, D.C. for the National Youth of the Year title, which is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Clubs member can achieve. This gives her opportunity to win up to $61,000 in additional college scholarships.
 
Garza has been an active member of BGCD for nearly four years participating in a variety
of BGCD rograms such as: SMART Girls, Collegiate STEPS and Career Launch. In keeping with her tenacious spirit of giving back, she established an Interact Club at her school during her senior year -- to teach high school students the importance of giving back, especially in time of need.  
 
The future looks very promising for Cecilia as she looks forward to attending Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  With a goal of becoming a neurosurgeon, she plans on majoring in biochemistry and then entering medical school. She also dreams of one day using her education to benefit others through organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.

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