The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County held its annual Youth of the Year competition on January 12th at Colorado State University. Eleven Junior and Senior Youths of the Year from seven different Clubs across the county presented two minute speeches in front of a panel of judges and a room full of 50 guests. The winning Senior Youth of the Year, Addison Clause, sophomore at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland was awarded a $3,000 scholarship.

“Being Youth of the Year gives me the opportunity to be a role model and spokesperson to show what is great about the Club,” Addison said.

Thanks to a gracious donation made by Lind’s Plumbing and Heating Inc., all Senior Youths of the Year candidates were awarded $3,000 scholarships. Special thanks to our competition judges: Commissioner Tom Donnelly, Angel Ruiz, Colorado State University, Linda Crum, OtterCares, Kellan Moore, Lind’s Plumbing and Heating, and Wendi Beld, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

The Youth of the Year competition is a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America initiative and is our signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global, and integrated economy.

The Youth of the Year breakfast was hosted at the Embassy Suites on Valentine’s Day and raised more than $100,000. Colorado State University announced a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs sponsoring the Youth of the Year Program and ensuring a $2,500 scholarship each year to the Youth of the Year winner. The Exclusive Title Sponsor, Bank of Colorado and PFS Insurance Group recognizing 1,000 guests and celebrated the youth who attend Boys & Girls Clubs. Executive Director, Kaycee Headrick, said, “This is an event that brings the whole community together to celebrate our incredible Club members.

We are beyond grateful for the community’s support as it will help further the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs.” West Loveland Club Youth of the Year
Addison Clause is a sophomore at Thompson Valley High School and has been a member of the West Loveland Club for four years. She enjoys serving as a Junior Staff, allowing her to be a role model to Club members.

Wellington Club Youth of the Year

Milayo Garner is a freshman at Poudre High School and has been a Club member of the Wellington Club for five years. She is an active participant in Torch Club, allowing her to participate in various service projects, such as painting over graffiti, picking up trash, and hosting bake sales.

Fort Collins Club Youth of the Year

Tiara Lopez is a senior at Poudre High School and has attended the Fort Collins Club for over seven years. Tiara currently serves as a Junior Staff and has enjoyed learning how to be a leader.

Loveland-Pulliam Club Youth of the Year

Kailee Verdeyen is a Freshman at Mountain View High School. She has attended the Loveland-Pulliam Club for eight years. The Club has taught her how to deal with bullying and provided her with tools to build her self-confidence.


Contact: Margaret Bachrach, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Vice President of Development and Communications,
Office: 970-372-2291, Cell: 303-817-0808, mbachrach@bgclarimer.org
Date: February 14, 2019 – For Immediate Release