Teen Center member represents JBPHH at Youth of the Year

Zachary Case, right, represents JBPHH at the Youth of the Year Competition at the Hawaii State Capitol. Photo by JBPHH Teen Center

Zachary Case, right, represents JBPHH at the Youth of the Year Competition at the Hawaii State Capitol. Photo by JBPHH Teen Center

Justin Hirai

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Teen Center’s Zachary Case recently represented JBPHH at the Youth of the Year Competition at the Hawaii State Capitol.

The Youth of the Year is awarded by the Boys and Girls Club of America to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of club teens. Applicants apply by submitting three reference letters, four essays, community service hours and school transcripts. If selected, the applicants prepare and present a three-minute speech about how the club has affected their life. The speech must also include an important issue and a solution for how they would improve upon the issue.

“Zachary spent the first few months working on his four essays for the application packet,” Zachary Pigott, Child & Youth Programs (CYP) leader, said. “He had to write essays about his club experience, vision for America’s youth, military youth experience, and personal brand. Once those were set, he had to start to shape his three-minute speech. The speech was to be presented in front of five judges and a live audience consisting of other candidates, family and friends.”

Case is 14 years old and currently attends Aliamanu Middle School. He was mentored by Raphy Feolino of the Hickam Toastmasters Club, who spent hours working with Case on his public speaking confidence and demeanor as well as improving his poise, projection and pronunciation. Case also practiced giving his speech at home to his family and at the Teen Center to staff members and peers.

Although Case did not win the title of Hawaii State Youth of the Year, his efforts and commitment did not go unnoticed.

“Zachary put his heart and his passion on display when he presented his speech during competition at the State Capitol,” Pigott said. “He did not walk away with the title of Hawaii State Youth of the Year, but he displayed the characteristics of a true leader and represented JBPHH admirably.”

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