2016 Military Finalists

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The Military Youth of the Year honor is a distinct component of the National Youth of the Year program. It recognizes a Club member served on a U.S. military installation who has overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. To earn this honor, Club youth advance through local, state and regional competitions. After the Military Youth of the Year is named at the culminating ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September, he or she advances to join the five regional Youth of the Year finalists from non-military Clubs to compete for the National Youth of the Year title.


Ashley M.

2016-17 Pacific Region Military Youth of the Year
Hill Air Force Base Youth Program

“ Do more, see more and experience more.”

Future Plans

Intended College: Webster State University

Planned Major: Biomedical Engineering

Career Aspiration: Neuro Engineering


Dorian H.

2016-17 Southeast Region Military Youth of the Year
Joint Base Charleston Youth Program

“ We know what we are, but how not what we may be.”

Future Plans

Intended College: College of Charleston

Planned Major: Broadcasting

Career Aspiration: Television Anchor


Elizabeth J.

2016-17 Overseas Military Youth of the Year
Ramstein AB Youth Program

“The Youth Center recognized my passions and helped me develop them, along with my leadership skills and personal brand. I believe my personal brand of elegance, intelligence, and originality is similar to that of Audrey Hepburn. Because of my involvement with BGCA, the Youth Center and their various programs and encouragement, I have been able to make a positive impact already, but I really hope to create a new emphasis on political participation because getting young people to vote early, instilling confidence in their voice now, could be the key to raising a new generation of voters a new America. The Youth Center is the reason that all of my dreams are becoming reality.”

Future Plans

College: University of California, Davis

Major: Political Science with a minor in Spanish

Career Aspiration: Political correspondent for a major news organization and at some point, White House Press Corp.


Essence C.

2016-17 Southwest Region Military Youth of the Year
USAG Fort Riley CYS Services

“ I strive to keep an open-mind and believe that no matter how bad things may seem that everything will work out in the end.”

Future Plans

Intended College: Washburn University

Planned Major: Criminal Justice

Career Aspiration: Lawyer


Kayla J.

2016-17 Midwest Region Military Youth of the Year
Scott AFB Youth Programs

“ Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

Future Plans

Intended College: Texas A&M University

Planned Major: Law

Career Aspiration: Lawyer

YOYs in Motion