ROCK Boys & Girls Clubs across America select their Youth
of the Year based on qualities of sturdy character, leadership and
the willingness to serve.
Jan. 16, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Navajo Nation (BGCNN)
held their first Youth of the Year celebration at the Navajo Nation
Museum in Window Rock.
L. Hoskie, a senior at Window Rock High School and a member of Fort
Defiance Club, garnered senior division honors. Malcolm Duncan,
a fourth grader at the Atsa' Biyaazh Community School and a member
of the Shiprock Club, nailed the title for the junior division.
will move on to compete at the state level. As a winner of the Senior
Youth of the Year, Hoskie received a $1,500 scholarship from Gloria
Bowman, Staff Assistant to the President, and Duncan received $500.
is our first Youth of the Year contest event this year and I saw
much success," said Ray Begaye, President/CEO for the Boys &
Girls Club of the Navajo Nation. "It is evident that the clubs are
working out well for club members and the community-at-large.
was a sense of togetherness and a family-like atmosphere, a very
positive place, full of energy, and everything felt into place."
out of 14 club sites on the Navajo Nation sent winners in the senior
and junior divisions from their respective clubs. The Senior Division
participants (ages 14 and up) were: Leander Troy Bitsui, Chinle;
Kara N. Begaye, Dilkon; Craig L. Hoske, Ft. Defiance; Audrey Cody,
Kayenta; JoVanna Miller, Crownpoint, N.M.; Lisa Begaye, Shiprock,
N.M.; Arland Francisco, Tohajiilee, N.M.; Chanda Duncan, Tohatchi,
N.M.; and Tara Eileen Hueston, Navajo Mountain, Utah.
the Junior Division (ages 13 and younger), the participants were:
Kody Ayze, Chinle; Kraig Shirley, Dilkon; Candice Beltran, Ft. Defiance;
Jeraline Russell, Kayenta; Malcolm Duncan, Shiprock; Arlene Tom,
Tohajiilee; Misa Ben, Tohatchi; and Jeffshawn Luther from Navajo
senior candidates received $200 for their efforts, and Jr. candidates
received various donated gifts.
to the club mission statement, sturdy character, leadership and
the willingness to serve are essential for young people to realize
their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Youth of the Year Program is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs
of America five core area of youth development strategy, and sponsored
by Readers Digest.
clubs select a club member for Youth of the Month, and the monthly
winners compete against one another at the end of the year. The
winners in the junior and senior division are selected to complete
at the Navajo Nation Youth of the Year contest.
day began with the contestants arriving by 10 a.m. to visit Navajo
Nation offices followed by a luncheon with the Vice-President and
the Second Lady, the Inter-Governmental Relations Committee members,
Miss Navajo Nation, and Chief of Staff. The luncheon brought 150
guests to the Navajo Nation Inn.
afternoon activity consisted of individual interview with the Youth
of the Year Judges.
of the questions asked were:
activity at Boys & Girls Clubs do you enjoy the most?
has the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Navajo Nation influenced
you... how has it made a difference in your life?
do you think you should be selected as the Youth of the Year?
students presented a speech in the museum's auditorium and judges
tallied the scores. During a guest appearance, Miss Indian New Mexico,
Paulene Shebala, gave a pep talk to the audience and the contestants.
decorations of balloons and flowers transformed Green Room at the
museum into banquet hall for the evening.
Defiance's Club Pow-Wow Dance Group provided entertainment along
with four teen singers from Tohajiilee, Ivy, Pavielle and Natasha
Sandaval and Alicia Robertson, who gave a touching rendition of
"Hero." Ryan Hueston from Navajo Mountain who wowed the crowd with
"One Voice" and "Down to the River to Pray" from Oh Brother Where
Art Thou soundtrack. M.C. for the evening's event was comedian and
former Chinle Unit Director, Pax Harvey who kept the audience alive
with his Navajo humor.
deserved congratulations go to the 2003-04 Youth of the Year Malcolm
Duncan son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Duncan of Shiprock, N.M., and
Craig L. Hoskie son of Alberta Wauneka of Ft. Defiance, Ariz.,"
said Fran Rowden, BGCNN Executive Director. "Their next journey
will be to Alamagardo, N.M. for the state competition on March 12
wishes to our team at the next level of state competition and on
to national competition."