Vanesa Rodriguez, a senior at William Chrisman High School, was chosen Thursday as the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of Year. It is the second time Rodriguez has been honored, the first time in 2016.
Rodriguez, 18, now will compete in the state competition and a $5,000 scholarship, and if she wins that can compete for Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. Five regional winners compete for National Youth of the Year, and the winner there receives an additional $25,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, and a new Toyota car.
Rodriguez represented the Independence Unit on Leslie Street, and has been a five-year member, participating in SMART Girls, Meth SMART, Diplomas to Degrees and Keystone Club. After graduating from high school this spring, Rodriguez plans to attend the University of Missouri and pursue a medical career as a nurse or doctor.
“Vanesa was selected for her consistent participation, determination and great enthusiasm,” David A. Smith, president and alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, said in a release. “She is an incredible Club member and we are so proud of her.”
KeiMonie Madison, a junior at Fort Osage High School, was a finalist representing the Hawthorne Unit.