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Area student places in state Youth of the Year contest

 

The youngest of 17 finalists, eighth-grader Jadyn Bowen of Starkville was named second runner-up in Mississippi’s Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition in Jackson in February.

The youngest of 17 finalists, eighth-grader Jadyn Bowen of Starkville was named second runner-up in Mississippi’s Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition in Jackson in February. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

 

Jadyn Bowen, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle, recently garnered second winner up as Youth of the Year in the club's state competition. 

 

Bowen, an eighth-grader at Armstrong Middle School in Starkville, was up against a freshman in college, who won the competition, and a junior in high school, who won first winner up. She competed with 15 other finalists from across the state and was the youngest finalist. 

 

The Starkville native had to go through an extensive application process, which included writing three essays, three letters of recommendation and a speech about how the club has impacted her life. She also had to exemplify characteristics of leadership/service, academic excellence and a healthy lifestyle. 

 

She said, "I was extremely proud and honored to represent the Golden Triangle clubs at this year's Youth of the Year competition. It was a great learning experience, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me as part of the process." 

 

Bowen first began attending the club in 2009 and has blossomed into a mature leader inside and outside of the club. When she isn't involved with basketball, hanging out with friends or playing the drums, she can be found advocating for youth leadership within the community. 

 

At Armstrong Middle School, Bowen favors English courses and the Debate Team. She hopes to attend The University of Mississippi in pursuit of a degree in law. 

 

Bowen is the daughter of Guy and Annette Bowen. 

 

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need the club the most to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. 

 

The club is dedicated to its core beliefs in providing a safe place to learn and grow, building ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, delivering life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, along with creating hope and opportunity. 

 

For more information about the club, call 662-418-7285.

 

 

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