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Boys & Girls Club recognize top members
Lathrop Youth of the Year recipient Angelique Martinez, left, is shown with Manteca Youth of the year and overall club recipient David Ramirez after Thursdays dinner. - photo by HIME ROMERO

David Ramirez has been selected as the Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the year.

The presentation was made during Thursday’s dinner honoring the achievements of members that took place at the club.

“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,” noted Boys & Girls Director of Operations Jon Cardoza. “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.”

If Ramirez wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

Other winners announced on Thursday included:

• Manteca Youth of the Year – David Ramirez

• Manteca Sports & Fitness Youth of the Year – Dreama Diaz

• Manteca Social Recreation Youth of the Year – Arthur Rivera

• Manteca Education Youth of the Year – Rafael Munoz

• Manteca Rookie of the Year – Jovantae Phillips

• Manteca Character and Leadership Award – Trayana Davis

• Lathrop Youth of the Year – Angelique Martinez

• Lathrop Arts Youth of the Year – Llasmin Martinez

• Lathrop Torch Club Youth of the Year – Alfonso Vera and Michael Valencia

• Lathrop Athlete Youth of the Year – Joey Valencia

• Lathrop Education Youth of the Year – Edith Ramirez

• Jr. Achievement – Sandra Gomez