Earlier this year Kristopher Dent a Nikiski High School senior was selected as the Kenai Peninsula Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, which gave Kris to on to the State competition in Anchorage.
The Youth of the Year program is now in its 57th year and recognizes outstanding contributions made by Boys & Girls Club members to their family, school, community, as well as personal challenges and obstacles they have overcome. On April 10th, Dent once again gave his speech and answered questions before a judge's panel in Anchorage and once again cleared all the hurdles to be named the Alaska Youth of the Year.
As Alaska State Youth of the Year, Dent received another special plaque, a two year tuition waiver from UAA and a $4,000 scholarship, and a trip to Disneyland this June to compete for the Pacific Regional Youth of the Year title. Dent said he had never been to Disneyland before and was really looking forward to the trip because he had never even been outside of Alaska before. For other youth wanting to follow his example Dent recommended to, "Stick with it and be involved in the community and do whatever you can to help out around the club and it'll return great reward.
"If successful in Anaheim, Kris will head to Washington D.C. to compete for the National Title and a $10,000 scholarship from Readers Digest, the sponsor of the program since its inception in 1947.
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