On Tuesday March 18, one outstanding Colorado Springs teenager was named the winner of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ annual 2014 Colorado Youth of the Year award.
Ashley O’Donnell, 17, a senior at Coronado High School, was selected based on her year-long efforts in the areas of leadership, academic achievement, community service and overcoming obstacles.
Held at the Denver Art Museum, competition between the 15 local Youth of the Year winners was stiff. Ultimately, it was Ashley’s incredible story that moved and inspired the selection committee while her aspirations for the future demonstrated the power of hope and hard work.
The award was presented to Ashley by Attorney General John W. Suthers, winner of the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth Advocate award. This high-profile advocacy award recognizes an individual who has played a key role in creating a safe and healthy environment for Colorado's youth.
Mr. Suthers has been a strong advocate for youth through direct partnerships with Colorado schools, community safety campaigns and the strengthening of Colorado youth protection laws.
By establishing a high standard of excellence that honors and protects youth his leadership has stimulated and elevated the community's commitment to young people. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Colorado hold Attorney General John W. Suthers in the highest esteem for his continued support of youth, both personally and professionally.
As the Colorado Youth the Year, Ashley will go on to participate in the 2014 Regional Youth of the Year Competition, held this summer in Dallas, Texas. If selected, Ashley will receive college scholarships and an opportunity to compete at the national level. National winners are instilled by the president of the United States.
Posted on 3/19/2014 at 8:15:00 AM