2013 Youth of the Year

Alexis Huffstodt, the 2013 Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Alexis Huffstodt from Anacortes and thank you to everyone who attended our 2013 Youth of the Year Social on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy at Skagit Valley College.

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club Members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Each of our four local Clubs recognize Members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year who then participates in our Youth of the Year event on February 12, 2013 at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy located on the campus of Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. At the event we will also recognize businesses and individuals who have Invested in our Kids during the past year.

The state competition will be held Thursday, March 28. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

You will also have the opportunity to help us celebrate our Youth of the Month and Youth of the Year at our upcoming Family PLUS Nights.

2013 Youth of the Year Candidates


ANACORTES – Alexis Huffstodt
Alexis is in ninth grade at Anacortes High School, having joined the Boys & Girls Club in 2004 at the age of six. She has participated in every Club activity available, from S.M.A.R.T. Girls to the Junior Staff program. This past year, Alexis participated in the Teen Leaders Career Launch program as well as taking on the position of Keystone Club President. Alexis is a great role model for her peers, and for younger members around the Club.

Alexis Huffstodt

Anacortes 2013 Youth of the Year


LA CONNER – Cory Baker
Cory, age 12.5, is a 7thgrader at La Conner Middle School. Cory attends the Club on a daily basis; he’s one of the few members of Club 52 (a special club that recognizes 52 days of Club attendance). Cory is very active in the Teen Center and also part of the La Conner Junior Staff program. He loves helping out at the Club, working at the game check out desk and assisting the staff, with running Triple Play games and activities. When he’s not busy helping or hanging out at the Club, Cory is active playing on the La Conner Football and Wrestling teams. 

Cory Baker

La Conner 2013 Youth of the Year


MOUNT VERNON – Justice Lively

Justice, age 15, has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club in Mount Vernon for over four years. He has overcome significant challenges in life, but he has always brought a positive outlook and a cooperative demeanor to the Club. Justice enjoys helping younger kids at the club, and the positive interaction with Club staff. Justice believes in giving back. Some of his volunteer activities include participation in Keystone Club, helping at the Haunted Forest, serving food to those in need, and enthusiastically assisting with food drives. As an actor and performer, you can often catch him on stage at Mount Vernon High School theater productions. In his spare time, he enjoys improv, reading and gaming. His future plans include attending college, joining the ROTC, and ultimately serving in the Marine Corps.

Justice Lively

Mount Vernon 2013 Youth of the Year


SEDRO-WOOLLEY – Cody Arendse

Cody Arendse is 18 years old and has been a member of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club since he was a seventh grader at Cascade Middle School. Cody is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School and will be graduating this spring. Cody began attending the Boys & Girls Club at the urging of his mother and has been a regular attendee ever since. His love of chess flourished at The Club which prompted him to join the SWHS Chess Club. Cody has participated in the Keystone Club Community Service group at the Club, and has helped with numerous community service projects over the years such as the Teen Center’s annual food drive, trips to the Humane Society, and volunteering at the Open Door Community Kitchen. Cody also Cody is currently completing his Senior Project on Law Enforcement.

Cody Arendse

Sedro-Woolley 2013 Youth of the Year





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