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Local teen competes for $1,000 scholarship

RUTLAND-Selected among several outstanding youth, Sandy Killary of Rutland competed against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Vermont State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation recently.

As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County, 17-year-old Killary is an example of a young woman recognized for character, leadership skills, and a willingness to give back to her community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.

As Boys & Girls Clubs of America's (BGCA) premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.

Killary, as Youth of the Year, encourages fellow club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles, and contributing to communities.

"It's gratifying for the staff to see the programs and the relationships we have created over ten years, result in someone like Sandy Killary achieving the recognition she deserves,"said Larry Bayle, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. "Sandy has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for many years and has benefited from the many programs as a junior member, teen and now the Center, a new program for youth in transition, ages 16-21."

Killary has volunteered for over 120 hours of community service in the Rutland in the last year and continues to volunteer for the Club and school while working part time, according to Bayle. Although she is only a high school junior, she is enrolled at the Community College of Vermont, earning college credit. She is a role model and regularly volunteers at the Merchants Row front desk in the junior club and in the art room.

Ninety Nine Restaurant donated a gift package for Rutland's Youth of the Year as part of its partnership and chainwide commitment with Boys & Girls Clubs.

Killary was supported by club staff and the three Rutland nominees in Montpelier last month for the Vermont Youth of the Year competition.

The three Rutland Youth of the Year nominees of the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland Countyw ere Jessica Harrington, Kaitlynn Rabtoy, and Scott Santamore.

All four teens demonstrated pride in the club as well as support for the opportunities presented by Youth of the Year.

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