Allie Shimkus, a junior at Bemidji High School, has been named the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area Youth of the Year.
She will represent the Bemidji Club at the Boys & Girls Club Minnesota Youth of the Year competition on March 27 in St. Paul. Shimkus was selected based on her service to the Club, commitment to community and family, academic success, moral character, life goals and public speaking.
“We are proud of Allie and grateful for her commitment to the Club and community youth,” said Andrea Ohnstad, executive director. “She is an exemplary Club member, a good student and role model for other Club members.”
Shimkus has been a Club member for nine years, a Club volunteer and a junior staff member for three years. She has volunteered hundreds of hours at the Club, assisting with programs for younger children. She was a featured speaker at the Club’s gala in February.
At Bemidji High School, Shimkus is a three-year participant in the fall musical, a member of the mock trial team, a Link Leader and a member of the National Honor Society.
As a competitor for the Minnesota Youth of the Year, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to advance to the Midwest Region Youth of the Year competition based on a series of three essays, an interview with a panel of judges and speech about her Club experience.
Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area provides after-school and summer programs annually to more than 600 youth, ages 6-18, plus teen nights year-round. Nutritious snacks are served after-school as well as lunch, M-F, in the summer. For just $25 a year, kids find a fun and safe place to build academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character & citizenship.