2017–18 Youth of the Year for the Vestar Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Madeline (Maddie) Nowaczyk, 18, is a senior at BASIS High school in Phoenix and the 2017–18 Youth of the Year for the Vestar Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS). On February 23rd at Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball, Maddie and candidates from seven other BGCS branches will compete to be named the 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year. This is the highest honor awarded to a Club member. The selected candidate will go on to compete at the state level and potentially regional and national levels. The Youth of the Year program highlights academic success, community service and exemplary personal character. Maddie and the other candidates have been preparing for more than six months with essays, multiple rounds of one-on-one and panel interviews and speech rehearsals. Maddie will deliver her speech to an audience of more than 800 influential community members at Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball.
In her time at the Club, Maddie has made great friendships, excelled in Torch and Keystone Clubs, served younger kids as a junior staff member and now is representing her Vestar Branch family as their Youth of the Year. She is an accomplished student and involved member of her BASIS community. She plans on studying electrical engineering and minoring in business. Eventually, she sees herself earning her MBA and having a career in corporate departments of large engineering firms.
“I loved every moment of my time at Vestar, and I am so thankful for the support system I have there,” said Maddie. In addition, she loves giving back to the Club and says, “the idea that I make an impact on these kids’ life makes me fall even more in love with the Boys & Girls Clubs.”
Maddie is a great example of what it means to be a Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Club Kid.