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April 24, 2017

Tatiana Aguilar Named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte

Leader, tutor, scholar "leaves others better than she finds them"


CHARLOTTE, NC (April 3, 2017) – Tatiana Aguilar, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte’s 2016-17 Youth of the Year, has won the Boys & Girls Clubs’ state Youth of the Year competition. The competition, featuring highly qualified students from across North Carolina, was held this past weekend in Durham. As a result, Tatiana has won a $5,000 scholarship and will go on to compete in the Southeast regional competition in June 13-15 in Atlanta.

“Tatiana is a bright light in our community,” said Marty Clary, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. “This recognition is well deserved, as Tatiana represents what the Boys & Girls Clubs are all about. She excels in the classroom, is a natural born leader,  and always leaves others better than she found them.”

As a junior International Baccalaureate student at Myers Park High School, Tatiana has maintained a cumulative weighted GPA of 4.56, and she is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. At the Boys & Girls Club in Charlotte, she’s a leader, serving as a Junior Staff member and teaching a Latin dance class for younger members. In past years, she has worked as a tutor for younger members and helped plan a Health Fair for Club members and their families. Tatiana plans to pursue a career in Neurobiology.

“I have truly witnessed the impact of the Club in my life,” said Tatiana. “I only have God, my family and this organization to thank for challenging me and shaping me into the confident person that I was not three years ago. I was so honored to be selected as the state Youth of the Year and represent Charlotte and the Marsh Road Club. The Boys and Girls Club has allowed me to do the impossible. I never would've imagined being where I am today.”

For more than 80 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte have been serving at-risk youth in the community, creating a positive environment to help children excel in school and succeed in life. For only $5, school-aged children in Mecklenburg and Union counties can join the Boys & Girls Clubs, which provide a safe, positive, and fun place to spend time after school. The cost of membership is offset by contributions from the community. To donate to the Great Futures campaign, visit The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte’s website at www.bgccharlotte.org.

About The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs was founded locally in 1935 on North Poplar Street. Today, eight clubs serve nearly 2,500 school-aged children, including more than 1,800 members, in Mecklenburg and Union counties. Programs include academics, recreation, the arts, character and leadership, and health and life skills. The clubs are located in diverse neighborhoods from Charlotte Housing Authority sites to the nation’s only club in a homeless shelter. The Boys & Girls Clubs is a division of The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. For more information, visit www.bgccharlotte.org.

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