The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley and P1FCU honored outstanding youth members, staff and volunteers at their Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, January 18th, at the Clarkston Quality Inn. In 2018 the Club served over 5,900 youth in our community, and this event was an opportunity to recognize the dedicated individuals who make that outreach happen. The event was sponsored by P1FCU.
2019 Youth of the Year
The highlight of the evening was hearing speeches by three candidates competing for the title of 2019 Organizational Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley. Jessica Schumacher (an 8th grader) from the Lewiston Club, Tarriq Wells (a sophomore) from the Lapwai Club, and Tori Blewett (a sophomore) from the Clarkston Club all gave powerful and moving speeches discussing how the Club had played a significant role in their lives. The actual competition had been judged on the Wednesday prior, with the evening’s announcement of the winner. The judge’s panel included Steve Aubuchon – Avista, Tim Winter – Superintendent of Clarkston School District, Rick Wassem – Basalt Cellars, and Kathy Poe – Long time Club supporter.
Steve Aubuchon shared highlights of each candidate before presenting the 2019 Organizational Youth of the Year award to Tori Blewett of Clarkston. The judges had a wonderful experience throughout the selection process, getting to know these amazing young ambassadors for the three Clubs and our community. Tori, Tarriq, and Jessica are truly an inspiration. Tori Blewett will go on to represent us at the Washington State Competition in Seattle next month. Best of luck Tori! We are all cheering for you!
Volunteer of the Year
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, recognized the LC Crew with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award for their outstanding service to the Club and community. Willie Deibel accepted the award on behalf of the LC Crew.
Coach of the Year
Club Athletic Directors, Ray Pedrina and Jesse Styner, presented James Ankney with the Coach of the Year award. James has been a soccer coach for the Club on a number of occasions since 1999 and just recently volunteered to fill a need as a basketball coach.
Staff Member Awards
Jon Evans, the Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs, presented the Management Staff Member of the Year Award to Nicki Shears. Nicki, has been with the Club for nearly 2 years as the Finance Director. Nicki always pours her heart and energy into the Club and really has a passion for the youth, staff, and community she serves.
Makenzie Fuller, the Clarkston Unit Director, presented the Clarkston Staff of the Year Award to Hunter Sisemore.
Issac Sisto, the Lapwai Unit Director, presented the Lapwai Staff of the Year Award to Kaitlynn Connerley.
Largent Reeb, the Lewiston Unit Director, presented the Lewiston Staff of the Year Award to Kimmy Schaub.
McQuary Scholarship Award Winners
The Kip & Aluerdine McQuary College Scholarship Program is in its 34rd year. Along with their son, Don McQuary, we at the Club are honored to continue their legacy of supporting our community’s youth with this wonderful gift each year. The scholarships are awarded to selected staff that apply, who are currently registered in secondary education opportunities. The following staff members were selected as recipients of the Kip & Aluerdine McQuary Memorial Scholarship fund for 2019.
Kimberlee Schaub, Lewiston Club
Andrew Simpson, Clarkston Club
Haley Evans, Lewiston Club
Bryn Cornelia, Lewiston Club
Bryson Sischo, Clarkston Club
Aubrey McKague, Clarkston Club
Our three Club Youth of the Year representatives, Tori, Tarriq, and Jessica, also were awarded scholarships for their higher education from the Kip & Aluerdine McQuary Scholarship Program. Thank you to the McQuary family for this long honored tradition of supporting the ongoing education of our youth and staff!
Thank you Chris Loseth and P1FCU for sponsoring this great event, and for all who attended, to celebrate the recognition of the outstanding youth, staff, and volunteers in our community.