Boys and Girls Club Youths Recognized in B/CS

(Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley photo)
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COLLEGE STATION Some of the state's most inspirational youths were honored in College Station Saturday, and two teens advanced in a statewide competition.

Nine Youths of the Year from Boys and Girls Clubs in East Texas were recognized for their work in their communities and at their respective clubs and school. Each had a chance to impress a panel of judges and advance to the state finals.

Among the nine was the Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, A&M Consolidated student Tyrik Wilder. He serves as the school's student athletic director. Wilder hopes to become an athletic director, principal or superintendent after college. His family came to College Station from Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina, and he works for the city's parks and recreation department when he's not at the club or at school events.

In the end, Jazz Garza from Weimar and DeAngelo Jackson from Pasadena advanced to the state Youth of the Year final, where a total of eight teens will vie for one Texas spot in the national competition. Garza and Jackson each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

News Three's Steve Fullhart served as one of the judges Saturday, along with Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons, Wells Fargo's David O'Neill, Kay Rice with Britt Rice Electric, and Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman's wife Pauline.

Judging was conducted at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Bryan. Awards were given out at the George Bush Presidential Library.