Casper teen wins state Youth of the Year

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.- It's an annual event that recognizes outstanding youth across the state- the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

Four teens between the ages of 14-18 competed at the state level after being chosen locally. 17-Year-old Catherine Williams of Casper will go on to the regional event in June. She has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club of America, as well as a four-year tuition and fees scholarship to the University of Wyoming.

The runner up, 15-year-old Michael Martinez-Montano of Cheyenne, received runner-up and was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Wyoming School Boards Association.

Other candidates included Jacob Smith of Rawlins and Leslie Banda of Rock Springs.

Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club Director Rolinda Sample said all of these candidates worked very hard to compete at the state level. She said it's a wonderful accomplishment and all four deserve a pat on the back.

UW President Laurie Nichols also spoke at the event Thursday afternoon. The university paired with the Boys and Girls Club to help award a new scholarship: Great Futures Gold Standard. The scholarship is for both need and rewards academic success. Three seniors in Wyoming received the award of $20,000 to help with a four-year education at UW.