Club honors members
Five receive Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year awards
Eagle River Boys & Girls Club branch manager Tracey Hupe, right, presents Ryan Smith the boys junior Youth of the Year award March 9 at the Eagle River Ale House.
STAR PHOTOT BY MIKE NESPER
Five Eagle River Boys & Girls Club members were honored with Youth of the Year awards Friday, March 9 at the Eagle River Ale House. This year, the kids voted for each winner, said branch manager Tracey Hupe.
Most of the winners emerged with the slimmest of margins, Hupe said.
“It was real close with all of the votes,” she said.
Here’s a look at the 2012 Youth of the Year award winners:
Ryan Smith: Boys junior youth of the year
Smith, 11, mentors the younger club members, Hupe said.
“Ryan is amazing,” she said. “He understands what community service is.”
Hupe said Smith is very responsible.
“His organizational skills are amazing,” she said.
Hupe said she could see Smith working in her capacity in the future.
“I look for him to be a clubhouse manager one day,” she said.
Michelle Vincent: Senior youth of the year
Vincent, 15, has been a club member since elementary school. She runs the club’s one-hour homework session, power hour, Mondays through Thursdays, Hupe said. When she’s not assisting kids with their schoolwork, Vincent reads to them, Hupe said.
Vincent also helps out in the kitchen.
“Wherever we need her, she’s there,” Hupe said. “She can practically read my mind.”
Alexis Carey: Award of excellence
Carey, 8, is full of life and energy, Hupe said.
“She has that intoxicating personality,” she said. “She’s the one that lifts everyone’s spirits.”
Hupe said Carey initiates games with other club members, no matter their age.
“She’s just got that charisma,” Hupe said.
Brecken Cox: Girls junior youth of the year
Cox, 8, often is in charge of running games for other members, Hupe said.
“If she starts a game, everyone wants to play,” she said.
Cox also lends a hand at the end of the day.
“She likes to help clean up in the evening,” Hupe said.
Cox edged her sister, Kylie, by one vote for this year’s award. Kylie broke the tie by casting a vote for her sister, Hupe said.
Though Kylie had no idea she was tied with her sister prior to voting, Hupe said, it was a selfless gesture by the 10-year-old.
“It was an amazing race there,” she said.
Bobby Wanke: Sportsmanship award
Wanke, 7, serves as bus patrol to ensure everyone is wearing their seatbelts, Hupe said.
“He’s just that extra set of eyes,” she said.
Hupe described Wanke as trustworthy, and said she can see him becoming a police officer in the future.
“He makes sure that everybody follows the rules and everybody is treated fairly,” Hupe said.