Boys & Girls Clubs salute Youth of the Year

BCGC board chair Patrick Lafley (center) with finalists Kendal Neal, Corie Hisle, winner Tahjay Woodward and Adrian Hall.

BCGC board chair Patrick Lafley (center) with finalists Kendal Neal, Corie Hisle, winner Tahjay Woodward and Adrian Hall.

Honoree Tahjay Woodward and BCGC development director Karen Williams

Honoree Tahjay Woodward and BCGC development director Karen Williams

Tahjay Woodward, a junior at Aiken New Technical High School, is the 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati Youth of the Year.

Tahjay and three other teens representing clubs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky shared stories of determination, struggle and perseverance and their plans for the future with more than 100 guests and community leaders recently at Great American Ball Park.

“The club is where I was shaped into the young man I am today, Tahjay said. “When I started at the club, I really enjoyed the field trips, good hot meals, meeting new friends and the club staff; and overall I just enjoyed being able to be a kid.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati also recognized finalists Adrian Hall, representing the MSU Club in Covington; Kendal Neal, representing the U.S. Bank Club in Avondale; and Corie Hisle, representing the Clem and Ann Buenger Club in Newport. Corie Hisle was named runner-up for Youth of the Year.

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