Boys and Girls Club members compete for "Youth of the Year"

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Boys and Girls Club participants from around the state are gathered in Topeka in hopes of becoming the next "Youth of the Year."

Members and representatives from eight clubs were at Washburn Tech Wednesday, listening to students give speeches in front of judges in hopes of winning the title. The winner gets a $5,000 scholarship and then goes on to compete in the regional competition.

One National Youth of the Year, and Lawrence native, says the key to winning is to be yourself.

"Everybody was amazing," Trei Dudly said." Everybody did an amazing job. I was not expecting to win that title but I always remained true to myself and was me one hundred percent the whole time I was there and kind of lived in the moment. I never really looked at what was next and just really took the opportunities that I had in front of me and took advantage of those."

Students also competed for Kansas Military Youth of the Year.