Terrance Krall, 18, of Lacey, has been named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.
The River Ridge High School senior will now vie for the Washington Youth of the Year title, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to advance to the regional competition.
Krall joined the Lacey branch of the Boys & Girls Club in 2007, and is now a part-time staff member. He credits the after-school program for turning his life around.
I felt like my whole life up to that point, Id been doing negative things, he said.
It has made me the athlete I am today, he added. Its made me a great leader and a good speaker. ...Its made me a hard worker.
Branch director Shellica Trevino said Krall deserves the recognition.
Hes just a real go-getter type of kid, and were super proud of him, she said.
The state Youth of the Year competition will be March 27-28. It will feature a reception with Governor Jay Inslee.
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