Last month at Great American Ball Park, six outstanding teens represented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati in the 2017 Youth of the Year competition. These six kids have overcome challenges that many do not experience in a lifetime - making their accomplishments even more impressive. The Youth of the Year competition features Club kids who have met personal challenges head-on and despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. The Youth of the Year winners are chosen based on their demonstration of service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and public speaking ability. These high achievers personify the values and character of their home Club.
Ariel Mulins, a Senior at Holmes High School, representing the Marge Schott-Unnewehr Club in Covington, Kentucky was chosen as the 2017 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. "While at home I cried and hid in my room, as soon as I went to the Boys & Girls Club, I smiled," Ariel shared. Over the next several years Ariel blossomed into a happy teen that excelled in the classroom as well as sports with the help of the club staff. With her senior year coming to an end and graduation approaching, Ariel has plans to attend the University of the Cumberlands on an academic scholarship and continue her swimming career. Ariel received a $20,000 scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati as recognition of her hard work and triumph in the Youth of the Year Competition.
"Ariel Mullins is a very resilient young woman, who has overcome obstacle after obstacle on her way to creating a great future," said Brent Seelmeyer, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. "She is the epitome of what the Boys & Girls Clubs are all about - academic success, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship. I am excited to have her represent thousands of the local kids who need us most as the 2017 Youth of the Year."
Ariel competed against five other exemplary Youth of the Year finalists:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati is extremely proud of all our kids as they continue to exemplify the core values and beliefs of our mission.
"The Youth of the Year is the highest honor a member of Boys & Girls Clubs can receive," Seelmeyer said. "I am so proud of our six teens who were voted by their peers to represent their respective neighborhoods as the voice of youth who need us most."
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors; Disney, who is the national sponsor for the Youth of the Year, the Cincinnati Reds, Macy's and our special friends at Toastmasters International for their support of this year's Youth of the Year competition.