BOISE – Six young Idahoans representing their respective Boys and Girls Clubs around the state gathered in Boise today to compete for the annual Youth of the Year Award.
A packed Rose Room in downtown Boise was filled with families, Idaho lawmakers and city leaders.
The six finalists delivered some amazing speeches about how their Boys and Girls Club was life changing.
The toughest job had to be for the judges selecting a winner, but they did!
Nampa's Fernando Chaidez, whose story about growing up, was filled with verbal abuse and emotional heartbreak, eventually finding a "beacon" at the Nampa club, said this is a day he will never forget.
"It just shows that once you thrive for something, things can happen, you just have to try really hard," said Fernando.
Fernando will receive over $2,500 in scholarship money (mostly from the Micron Foundation).
Emily Stephens won the Idaho military youth of the year.
Both Emily and Fernando go on to the regionals for the chance at a $10,000 scholarship.