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CCTS Pennsauken Campus Student in the race for
NJ Youth of the Year Award
From a recent Courier Post article and excerpted here.
CAMDEN — A Camden teenager is in the running for the New Jersey State Youth of the Year award given by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Abigail Jimenez was selected by the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County as its local youth of the year recently and will go up against other young people from around the state recognized for their sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Jimenez, a 17-year-old junior at Camden County Technical School, said the club is more than just a building, but rather a place of opportunity and hope.
"The club family really tries their best to have a positive influence in everyone's life," explained the teen, who is known as "Abi."
"When I feel like hard work is getting me nowhere, I think of the club. I think of all the members that look up to me, and that motivates me not to give up."
The youth of the year title is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can achieve.
Jimenez has served the organization as a bilingual tutor and volunteer, and has been a mentor to other youth.
"This is just the beginning for her, and knowing Abi, she will achieve great success and come back to show the next generation of club members that if you work hard, you will go far," said Milford Liss, executive director at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
Jimenez wants to pursue a career in accounting after earning a degree at Rutgers-Camden.
If she wins at the state competition, Jimenez will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. Five regional winners will compete for the national title in September.
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