Local area teen, Maryah Sullivan from Orlando, FL has been named 2014-2015 Southeast Regional Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
Maryah, a B&GC Central Florida Club member for 11 years, is both an extremely driven Club member and student. In addition to her dedication to her Club, she has also served as National Honor Society President, senior class secretary, BETA Club member, French honor society member, captain of the girls track and field club, captain of the weightlifting team in addition to being named the 2012-2013 weightlifting district champion. She has maintained a 4.4 GPA at Edgewater High School, where she is currently a senior. Maryah is first person in her family to be accepted into college.
Founded in 1947 as BGCA’s 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.
As Region Youth of the Year, Maryah will receive a $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation, National Youth of the Year Program Sponsor, and the chance to vie for the title of National Youth of the Year in September. If named, she will receive an additional $50,000 scholarship from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation, the personal foundation of Tupperware Brands CEO Rick Goings and his wife, Susan, as well as the chance to meet President Barack Obama.
Maryah volunteers at the Ronald McDonald house and the community nursing home. She also helps paint homes for the elderly. Her future plans include attending the University of South Florida, majoring in pre-med and becoming a neurosurgeon.
What my Boys & Girls Club means to me: “It means determination.”