UNION, NJ – A Union High School senior, selected from seven finalists, has been chosen the Boys & Girls Club of Union County 2020 Youth of the Year winner.
Masara S. was chosen from finalists from the Boys & Girls Club of Union County’s Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield Clubs. Masara, 17, plans to attend Norfolk State University to study child psychology. She has been a member of the Union Club for 12 years. She has been a member of Teen Leadership Camp, Torch Club, and currently serves as President of the Keystone Club (Teen Leadership). Under her leadership, the Keystone Club has participated in numerous service initiatives such as food drives for the Community Food Bank, Breast Cancer Walk, and fundraising for the Children’s Specialized Hospital.
Masara now moves on to the Boys & Girls Clubs State Youth of the Year, where she will compete against other Youth of the Year winners in New Jersey.
“Youth of the Year is our premier recognition program for Club members,” said Russell Triolo, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. “We always look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our members. It’s great to see our members receive recognition for all that they do.”
Masara, along with other winners in the Buddie, Spirit and Junior of the Year categories were honored on Thursday, March 5, at the Youth of the Year awards dinner at Galloping Hill Caterers surrounded by friends and family.
This year’s Youth of the Year competition consisted of Masara and three finalists from the Plainfield Club -- Brianna C, Brittany C, and Divine S; and three from the Elizabeth Club -- Sherline J, Reynaldo C, and Rashah Z.