February 7, 2017 – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Makayla Pearson is the 2016 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland. Makayla, 14-year-old student at Duluth Denfeld High School, is a true example of an extraordinary youth recognized for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
“Boys & Girls Club wasn’t just an after school program, it was a home away from home,” states Makayla. “I would like to thank everybody who makes the Clubs possible for kids to get away from their problems.” Read more of Makayla’s speech.
“Makayla exemplifies what it means to be a Club member,” says Todd M. Johnson, CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland. “We are very proud of Makayla’s accomplishments, and look forward to her achievements as she continues her journey within the Clubs, and beyond.”
In March 2017, Makayla will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Minnesota Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship. If Makayla wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. Regional winners advance to Washington, D.C., to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year and an additional scholarship of up to $50,000. CONGRATS, MAKAYLA !!
Pictured above (L-R): Judge Bethany Owen (ALLETE); Judge Scott Hanson (Wipfli LLP); Makayla Pearson; Judge Jinell Abernethy (Anytime Fitness); Judge Steve Burgess (National Bank of Commerce). Not pictured, Judge Dr. John Lange (Chiropractic).