Boys & Girls Clubs Announces the Youth of the Year Winners

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Boys & Girls Clubs Announces the Youth of the Year Winners

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County named their Junior and Senior Youths of the Year at their Youth of the Year celebration event held at the Ferndale Clubhouse on Tuesday, January 24.

Sunaura Dowd was named the 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County Youth of the Year. Sunaura is a sophomore at Bellingham High School. Sunaura has been a Club member for eight years and told the event audience that because of her Boys & Girls Club she “became a girl in the sunshine, no longer a kid in the dark.”

Sunaura Dowd

Sunaura will travel to Seattle in late March to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County at the State Youth of the Year competition where she will compete against 17 other high school students, all looking to be named the Washington State Youth of the Year.

Since 1947, the Youth of the Year Program has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, providing the highest honor any Club member can receive.

Abby Poast was named the Junior Youth of the Year. A member of the Ferndale Club since 2012, Abby is a 7th grader at Vista Middle School. Abby stated in her speech the Boys & Girls Club “helps kids plan out their future and set goals, and I am definitely one of those kids.”

Abby Poast

The Boys & Girls Clubs also recognized Rick Adelstein, owner of Louis Auto Glass as their volunteer of the year; Erik Dyrland, Farmers Insurance Agent as their Board Member of the Year; Employees of Starbucks in Ferndale as their Community Impact recipient and Jeff Judkins, Club Director at the Bellingham Branch as their Staff Member of the Year. The organization also swore in Caroline Winfrey, UPS Logistics as their new Board Chair.

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