BOISE -- Cassidy Littleton from Twin Falls is the 2016 Idaho Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year winner.

Selected by a panel of judges that included first lady Lori Otter, 17-year-old Littleton was selected from a group of six finalists chosen from Boys and Girls Clubs around the state.

State lawmakers and local business leaders attended the annual Youth of the Year luncheon sponsored by the Micron Technology Foundation which is also the local sponsor of an $8,000 college scholarship given to the winner with $1,000 scholarships going to the other finalists.

Littleton’s story is one filled with heartbreak and tragedy. Saying she was abused emotionally, physically and sexually, she left the audience without dry eyes as she spoke of a courageous journey out of the darkness and into a life with a purpose and a plan. She said the Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley played a big role in that story.

She advances to regionals later this spring with a chance to go to the nationals in Washington D.C where she could win a $100,000 college scholarship.

The last Idaho Boys and Girls Club state winner to go on to nationals was Ada County’s Darnisha Victorain in 2011.

Watch Littleton’s speech in its entirety.