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Sophomore vies for state Youth of the Year title

Published 10:40am Saturday, March 16, 2013

Audrey Pugh has once again been named the Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

The Benjamin Russell High School sophomore will compete against other statewide Youth of the Year local winners for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and the title of Alabama Youth of the Year.

“Audrey is a very sweet, very bright young lady,” said Jenifer Smith, Teen Center Director. “She’s ahead of a lot of her classmates in her decisions and goals in life.”

Smith said she believes Audrey stands an excellent chance of winning.

“Youth are judged on local and state political questions, as well as their community involvement, grades and extracurricular activities,” Smith said. “Audrey does wonderful community service. She takes church very seriously, and moral character is one of the things we look for.”

Smith said Pugh is very involved in the community through clubs and organizations.

“Audrey is a member of Key Club, Men and Women and FCCLA,” Smith said. “She’s the vice president of our Keystone Club that promotes academic success, community service and career preparation.”

Smith said Pugh was selected through a complex interview selection process to represent the Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls Club.

“Audrey had to submit a lengthy application consisting of essays, letters of recommendation and supporting evidence of her grades and community involvement,” Smith said. “This is no easy process. Audrey has put forth a lot of hard work to be where she is today.”

Smith said, if Pugh is selected to be the Alabama Youth of the Year, she will advance to compete for the regional title.

“If Audrey wins (at the state level) she will go on to compete for the Regional Title,” Smith said. “She has been preparing and has an excellent chance.”

Smith said along with these titles come scholarships, travel and several public speaking engagements.

Pugh is the daughter of Kirk Pugh. She has been a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs for more than four years.

Pugh said after graduation, she plans to attend Auburn University to study to become a veterinarian.

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