2015 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.

Paige Holmes

Paige H.

2015-2016 Midwest Region Military Youth of the Year
Grand Forks AFB Youth Programs

“That home away from home atmosphere was a very big contribution because although I have a fantastic home life, the Center was another place I could go to hang out with my friends that is a safe and fun environment.”

Future Plans

Intended College: Concordia

Planned Major: Psychiatry

Career Aspiration: Psychiatrist


Daniela Suarez - Washington

Daniela S.

2015-2016 Pacific Region Military Youth of the Year
JBG Lewis-McChord CYS Services

“I really think the power of being included and collaborating with others is very powerful.”

Future Plans

Intended College/University: United States Air Force Academy

Planned Major: Engineering

Career Aspiration: Astronautical Engineer


Karly Galvan - PR

Karlinette G.

2015-2016 Northeast Region Military Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Club of Borinquen

“The Boys & Girls Club has contributed to the positive attributes that I possess. I increased my knowledge, leadership abilities, contribution to my community, how to cope with problems and difficulties in order to maintain appositive outlook in situations.”

Future Plans

Intended College/University: Sagrado Corazon

Planned Major: Film

Career Aspiration: Film Editor


Andrew Brown -GA Military

Andrew B.

2015-2016 Southeast Region Military Youth of the Year
Robins AFB Youth Program

“Take responsibility for your education and remain in school, be a positive role model and have compassion for others by participating as often as possible lending a helping hand or being an advocate with a purpose.”

Future Plans

Intended College: Morehouse

Planned Major: Sports Medicine

Career Aspiration: Sports Medicine


Kathryn Combs - New Mexico

Kathryn C.

2015-2016 Southwest Region Military Youth of the Year
White Sands Missile Range CYS Services

“I have my Youth Center to thank for pushing me out of my comfort zone and making me the leader I am today.”

Future Plans

Intended College: University of New Mexico

Planned Major: Pre-Med

Career Aspiration: OB/GYN


YOYs in Motion