NRHS Junior Earns Boys & Girls Club Honor
Jesus Torres, a New Rochelle High School junior, won second place last weekend in the New York State Youth of the Year Competition, an awards program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that recognizes leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.
Torres is the first elected Co-President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle's (BGCNR) August Mascaro Clubhouse Keystone Club, a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service. In this capacity, he has served as an ambassador for the Mascaro Clubhouse and BGCNR as a whole. He participated in the 89th annual Civics Day, serving as Youth Mayor, shadowing New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
He is the second person in BGCNR history to rise so far in the Youth of the Year competition. He had earlier been named the BGCNR 2019 Youth of the Year.
"The Youth of the Year Competition has been an amazing experience," Torres said. "The Boys & Girls Club has been a second home for me, where I have been able to explore my future. I am very thankful for the Club and for my Director Will Iannuzzi for helping me and guiding me through this process."
For the competition, Torres wrote three essays, obtained three recommendation letters, gave a three-minute speech and conducted a 15-minute interview with a panel of judges. One of 29 candidates from across the state, Torres received a $2,000 scholarship with the prize.