Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School Student in the Running for 2014 Youth of the Year Award through Boys & Girls’ Clubs of America

Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School Student in the Running for 2014 Youth of the Year Award through Boys & Girls’ Clubs of America

 
 
Ms. Joachim, with her mother Rose Nerelus
 
Woodlyn Joachim, a senior at the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School is in the running for the 2014 Youth of the Year Award through the Boys & Girls’ Clubs of America.  Woodlyn thus far has won both the local and state competition and will compete in the regional competition this August in New York City.  In order to qualify for the regional competition Woodlyn had to beat out many great candidates from the Greater Hartford Area and all across the state of Connecticut.  Selection for the Youth of the Year is based off of Woodlyn’s service to the club and it’s members, service to her community, her great character, academic excellence and public speaking ability.  The state competition consisted of over 10 hours of intense interviewing with state and local representatives.  In addition to the interviews, each candidate had to present a speech on a topic of their choice.  If Woodlyn wins the regional competition she will receive a $10,000 scholarship and have an opportunity to meet President Obama.  Winning at the regional level will also put her in contention for the National Youth of the Year Award, which comes with a much larger scholarship and numerous speaking engagements throughout the year.  Woodlyn has a tremendous story and since arriving to the United States after the terrible earthquake in Haiti she has risen to the top of her class and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall as a pre-med student.
 
A quote from Woodlyn when asked about how she feels being in the running for 2014 Youth of the Year.
“I am incredibly excited and humbled to have the honor to be the Youth of the Year for not only Hartford, but also the State of Connecticut.  Four years ago I could not have imagined myself as the Youth of the Year, but now, this really shows me how hard work does pay off.”

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