Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Texas Youth of the Year Finalists on Track to Becoming Tomorrow’s Leaders

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with state finalists from the 2012 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year program. The energy, dedication and character of these young adults is truly inspiring.

2012 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year State Finalists
The finalists were selected by their local Boys & Girls Club, and state winners will be awarded scholarships as they compete at the regional and national levels for the title of National Youth of the Year.

The teens come from almost every corner of Texas and all have diverse life stories. Edwin Padilla, a high school senior from Edinburg, will be the first person in his family to graduate high school and attend college. Tavon Green, from Marshall, has a 4.1 grade point average and has been on the honor roll since first grade. Chadae Sauls, a senior at Red Oak High School near Dallas, balances school activities, academics and community service while still serving more than 1,000 hours at her local Boys & Girls Club. 

All finalists have demonstrated a strong moral character and a commitment to serve their families and communities. I am proud to have them represent Texas and look forward to hearing about their continued accomplishments as they become future leaders of the Lone Star State. If you want to have a positive impact on the future of our great state, you might consider becoming active in your local Boys & Girls Club. Texas needs leaders developing leaders! Visit

1 comment:

Mary McRoberts said...

Thank you Commissioner Staples! Our amazing young people were very impressed and inspired by you. We are very appreciative of the generous time you spent with them this week. You are a true friend of the TX Boys & Girls Clubs!

Mary McRoberts
Executive Director
Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs