High Point, N.C. -- You have to be pretty awesome to be in the running to be the North Carolina Youth of The Year. Tuesday on the Good Morning Show, WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain talked to a High Point 18-year-old who is experiencing the exciting honor right now.
Desmone Kearse, a student at Andrews High School, is the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater High Point. She'll participate with other Boys & Girls Club members for the North Carolina Youth of the Year title. The teenager chosen will win a $6,000 scholarship and represent the state in the Southeast Region Youth of the Year program.
Kearse is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
"It is a great honor and to be honest with you, it's unbelievable," said Kearse. "There are times I can't believe it's real."
Kearse is well rounded, taking part in many school leadership activities and volunteer programs. She has volunteered for Shredding for Kids, A Day in the Park, she's packaged over 300 bags of food for the local backpack program and participated in the Dr. King Day of Service.
Thomas Falgout President and CEO of the Boys & Clubs of Greater High Point explained the honor.
"Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive," said Falgout. "The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome," said Falgout.
Her post high school graduation plans include attending GTCC for her first two years and then transferring to North Carolina State University to get her Bachelors degree in animal science, ultimately becoming a veterinarian.
If Kearse is selected to represent the state, she will participate in the Southeast Region Youth of the Year Program then the five regional participants will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2014, to participate in the selection in the BGCA's National Youth of the Year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point is hosting the 2014 North Carolina Youth of the Year Program on March 28-29 at Embassy Suites in Greensboro. The selected youth will be announced on Saturday March 29 at a luncheon. This year's program brings twenty-nine participants from across the state, two of which are from military sites that have Boys & Girls Clubs.