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Tessa Lombardi-Williams Named 2016 Youth of the Year

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield is proud to announce Tessa Lombardi-Williams as their 2016 Youth of the Year winner.  Selected among local outstanding youth, Tessa will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Massachusetts Youth of the Year title at Westfield State University on June 5-6.  As the Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield 2016 Youth of the Year, 15-year old Tessa is a true example of an extraordinary young women recognized by the Club for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to make a positive difference in the lives of others throughout the community. 

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

A nine year member of the Club, she credits here Club experience in positively shaping the person she is today, “I have loved growing up in the Club, and have learned so many things during my time as a member and junior staff leader”.  “ My Club has encouraged me to become a role model to younger members and to set the right example in always being respectful to others, how to set goals, and have helped me to develop a great sense of optimism, encouraging me to never give up on my dreams.  

“We are very proud and honored to have Tessa as our 2016 Youth of the Year,” said Dan D’Angelo, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of West Springfield.