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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Skyler Wininger stands next to the Boys and Girls Club sign inside the Alpena club on Friday.

ALPENA — The Alpena Boys and Girls Club honors the 16-year-old Alpena High School student as Youth of the Year.

Representing all youth in Northeast Michigan, Skyler Wininger will find out today during a virtual event at 3 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena if he will move up to the statewide competitive level. . If selected as Michigan’s Youngster of the Year, he would receive a $2,500 college scholarship from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“I didn’t expect it,” Wininger said after being named Alpena Youth of the Year. “I worked so hard to get here, and I gave my best and gave it my all.”

He is honored to have been selected from a group of exceptional young people from the region.

“I would be so excited,” he said, referring to being named Michigan’s Youngster of the Year.

Youth of the Year is a prestigious honor given to an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy life, a press release explained. The Youth of the Year is in its 75th year of recognizing exceptional young people with bright futures.

“Skyler is a phenomenal young person and leader not only at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, but also within our entire community,” said Catherine Knoch, Director of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. “He is resilient and uses his experiences to advocate and support others.”

Knoch was impressed with his leadership progress and growth.

“When I started working with Skyler, he was immediately active in many of our programs and quickly became a leader within those same programs,” she said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to be a mentor to Skyler and to have him in our organization. I’m extremely happy that he can represent all of Northeast Michigan at the State Youth League competition. year,” Knoch said.

A sophomore at Alpena High School, he is a longtime member of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena.

“He has been a dedicated participant and leader in many club programs,” the press release read. “Skyler is extremely active in our Youth Volunteer Corps program where he is the Secretary of the Youth Advisory Council, has completed over 550 hours and has won numerous internationally recognized awards.”

Wininger is most passionate about being an advocate for victims of bullying and domestic violence, so he plans to build a career designing video games that raise awareness of these difficult issues, the statement continued.

If named Michigan Youth of the Year, Wininger will compete for Midwest Region Youth of the Year, which comes with an additional $20,000 college scholarship.

Five regional finalists will qualify for the National Youth Event of the Year in Los Angeles in October for a chance at $50,000 and a Toyota Corolla.

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