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The Vicenza CYS Teen Center is proud to recognize Ms. Honestee N. Maldonado as the winner of the USAG Italy, Vicenza Military Community Youth of the
Year. The Youth of the Year Competition selects one student from a pool of applicants to represent the Vicenza Military Community among their peers in
Europe and the United States. The journey of becoming National Youth of the Year includes three sections: an interview, four essays, and a speech. It
begins locally and progresses to the state, regional, and national levels.
This year, due to COVID-19 and for the first time in history all candidates competed virtually adding yet another element to the competition. Members
must embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles to achieve the title of Youth of the Year. Ms. Maldonado's successful earning of the local title gives her the opportunity to compete at the next competitive level between all military installations (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) throughout the Europe Region. Her success throughout the months-long MYOY process is widely attributed to her rigorous dedication to academics, leadership skills, contributions made to the Vicenza Military Community, the Vicenza Teen Center, and overcoming many challenges faced throughout her childhood and youth. Ms. Maldonado is an excellent representative and the best candidate to represent the US Army at the Europe Region Military Youth of the Year (MYOY).
Ms. Maldonado, 18, is a senior at Vicenza High School currently serving as the secretary for the BGCA Keystone Club, a leadership club for students in
grades 9-12. She is the Battalion Commander for the Vicenza High School JROTC. Ms. Maldonado's awards include the Gold Volunteer Pin; received for
completion of the highest amount of volunteer service hours. She served as Vicenza High School's Military Ball Director while also working as a Youth
Center Office Aide in the Workforce Preparation Program. Ms. Maldonado plans to attend Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and she aspires to
become a psychologist.
The Youth of the Year honor is bestowed upon one deserving young adult for contributions to family, school, community and the Boys and Girls Club of
America (Teen Center), as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Ms. Maldonado moves on to compete with other installation Youth
of the Year winners across Europe at RAF Mildenhall (20 May, 2020). The Youth of the Year will be interviewed individually by the panel of judges
and give their speech utilizing virtual technology.
Note: A well-deserved honorable mention goes to Ms. Clarissa Campos for also providing an exceptional application to the competition.