Essex County News

Press Releases

Boys & Girls Clubs Announce Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez as Master of Ceremonies for Youth of the Year Gala

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey announced this week that 2016 Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” Champion Laurie Hernandez will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the NJ State Youth of the Year gala on June 6 at Montclair State University, Conference Center Ballroom in Montclair.

The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey Youth of the Year gala and awards ceremony celebrate the extraordinary achievements of New Jersey’s most exceptional Club teens. The event will include the announcement of the 2017 New Jersey State and Military Youth of the Year winners. A total of $60,000 in college scholarships will be awarded.

“My goal of making it the Olympic Games motivated me to work very hard in my sport,” said Hernandez. "I am honored to serve as Master of Ceremonies of BGCNJ’s Youth of the Year gala, and celebrate New Jersey’s most inspiring club teen leaders who have also worked so hard to achieve success."

Sign Up for E-News

“We are thrilled Laurie is serving as the Master of Ceremonies for this premier recognition program that celebrates NJ Club teen leaders,” said state director, Susan Haspel. "We know the NJ Youth of the Year finalists will be inspired by Laurie’s tremendous passion, hard work and dedication towards achieving her dreams. In turn, Laurie will be inspired by the incredible achievements of NJ Boys & Girls Club youth in pursing their goals and dreams."

Hernandez burst onto the Senior Elite Gymnastics scene, just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Her goal had always been to make an Olympic Team and her dream came true. She began gymnastics at the age of six, when she asked her mother to enroll her in the sport because she had so much energy and always wanted to experience the feeling of flying. 

Hernandez is second-generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. She credits her hard work, leadership skills, and “never give up” attitude to her Mom, who was in the Army Reserves while Laurie was growing up.

Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hernandez has gone on to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23 and published (January 2017) her first book titled, “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond,” chronicling her journey thus far.

Her other career highlights include “Dancing with the Stars” Live! Tour, Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, 2016 National Championships, 2016 Pac Rim Championships, 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy, 2015 U.S. Classic Champion, 2015 City of Jesolo Trophy and 2015 International Junior Japan Meet.

For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey’s Youth of the Year gala, visit bgcnj.org or call 973-773-0966, x151.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Newark Airport Shuts Down Temporarily Due to Airplane Engine Fire

May 24, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Liberty International Airport shut down the airport at approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening due to an apparent engine fire of a plane as it was preparing for flight. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, emergency response teams are at the scene and no injuries have been reported.

According to news sources, the right engine of United flight ...

What Every Real Estate Agent (and Homeowner) Needs to Know About Insurance

Real Estate Agents take on a great deal of responsibility when they guide us through the process of purchasing a home; knowing the basics of property insurance to point clients in the right direction is an important part of confidently brokering a home sale.

Under what circumstances should a buyer be concerned about special coverage?

A Vacant Home

Vacant homes are at higher risk for most ...

Gavin Seaver, Age 12, Missing from East Brunswick

May 22, 2017

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing 12 year old boy. The missing boy, Gavin Seaver is 5’5” weighing approximately 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a #11 Misfits baseball shirt, dark colored shorts, white Nike sneakers along with a black Adidas ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0a3725cbfd39e6c4fcdb_fire

Sun, June 4, 8:00 AM

North Caldwell Firemen's Community Center, North Caldwell

North Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department 36th ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sun, June 4, 10:00 AM

Giralda Farms, Madison

5K Run and Walk for Hope

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Boys & Girls Clubs Announce Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez as Master of Ceremonies for Youth of the Year Gala

May 17, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey announced this week that 2016 Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” Champion Laurie Hernandez will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the NJ State Youth of the Year gala on June 6 at Montclair State University, Conference Center Ballroom in Montclair.

The Boys & Girls Clubs in ...

Air Boxing

I went to a boxing match the other night and an overbooked flight broke out.

 

It may be a new twist on an old joke, but it is no laughing matter.  

 

OK, actually, it is.  I am sorry, but for anyone who has ever flown, the notion of a ringside seat on an airplane is a pretty entertaining thought.  

 

As long as it is on someone else's ...