Sebastian Castilleja of Prosser has been named 2014 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.
PASCO, WA – Sebastian Castilleja of Prosser has been named 2014 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.
Castilleja will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Washington Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation, in addition to $1,500 of scholarship monies earned locally, and additional funding from KeyBank. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.
Castilleja, a sophomore at Prosser High School, is among hundreds of local Youth of the Year winners across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. In 2012, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties became the first organization in Eastern Washington to have a member win the state title. Brenna Cherry, now a Prosser High School graduate and pre-dental student at the University of Washington, earned nearly $9,000 toward her education during the process.
This year was the first that each of the four traditional Clubs in our area had youth eligible to participate, and a record number to take advantage of the skill building that occurs during the Youth of the Year process.
On March 18th, Castilleja will travel to Seattle to participate in the Washington State Youth of the Year competition and will be joined by runners-up Z Hernandez and Alexia Estrada of Kennewick, and Omar Gaytan of Pasco on March 19th at the Celebration Dinner and Gala.