Before a panel of five judges on December 5, two of three Club teens nominated to compete for the Boys & Girls Club’s highest honor, delivered speeches, answered questions and spoke about the impact Club membership has had on their lives. One of the two would represent the Club at a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) conference in the spring where BGCNN would be among the 19 clubs in Virginia hoping that their selected entrant would be chosen to represent Virginia –first at a Southeast regional competition later in the year and potentially at a national competition that would follow.
Trinity Balderson and Shauna Clayton are both seniors at Lancaster High School who have strived for academic success and are college bound. Trinity plans to be a social worker and will study first at Rappahannock Community College, then transfer to Radford University. She says, “The Club has helped me achieve my goals. It has given me resources, pushed me to believe in myself; helped me with tools, motivation and guidance.”
Shauna Clayton wants to be a psychologist and has been accepted to Mary Baldwin College. For Shauna, “The Club has helped me see things outside the box. I was really shy when I first came here and the Club has helped me get over that. And being a counselor to some of the kids has helped me know that I want to be a psychologist.”
For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 12/18/19
From left: “Doc” Lyons, Dr. Edison Jackson, Trinity Balderson,
Phillip Mumford, Shauna Clayton, Shawn Lamb, Wanda Wallin.