Kainen Bell has won Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington’s Youth of the Year award.
Bell, a senior at Stadium High School, advanced to the competition after winning the clubs’ South Puget Sound Youth of the Year award earlier this month.
Wednesday, the 15 finalists gathered at Qwest Field in Seattle to be interviewed by judges and to give the speeches they had written for the competition.
Thursday, they traveled to the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, where Governor Christine Gregoire announced the winner.
Bell attended and volunteers at the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club in Tacoma. He’s a member of National Honor Society, African American Club and Educational Talent Search, as well as football and track teams. He also is a Palmer Scholar who intends to attend Morehouse College.
This win includes $4,500 in scholarships from KeyBank, Tupperware and Washington State Alliance of the Boys & Girls Clubs. It brings his scholarshaip totals in this competition to $8,000.
Bell will compete in the regionals in California this summer. National finalists will compete in Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama will install the winner.