Boys & Girls Club: Maurice Scott named Outstanding Teen

Youth to complete for regional honor
Feb. 28, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

Maurice Scott was named Outstanding Thomasville Teen by the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs.

He will compete for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year. The Southeast Region winner will advance to Washington, D.C.  to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year.

According to the Boys & Girls Club, Scott is an extraordinary young man. At age 16, he was selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the North Carolina Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

As the Youth of the Year for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County (Thomasville Unit), Maurice is among hundreds of youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive, said Scott Bannister, chief professional officer of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

Scott has been a member the Thomasville unit for more than two and a half years, volunteering in many club programs and projects.  Service contributions include being a homework helper, snack server, basketball coach, and cleanup aid.

He has played a vital role in helping club staff coordinate many club activities and projects. One of such activities included a local nursing home visit in which he and other club members played bingo.

One of the biggest obstacles Scott has overcome in preparation for the competition was his nervousness with public speaking, said Bannister.

“He has a quiet and laid back personality,”Bannister said. “Speaking in front of audiences is new, but he is determined to succeed no what challenge he may face.

“Maurice is a excellent young man and is a great positive example to our younger club members.”If Scott wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September  to compete for the title of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the president in an Oval Office ceremony.