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'Youth of the Year' finalists speak out

Original post made on Nov 15, 2011

Words like "perseverance" and "sagacious" peppered the speeches of eighth-graders vying to be named "Youth of the Year" last week in a competition of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Photos by Marcus Jackson.

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Posted by John Straubel
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm

These kids from challenged neighborhoods of the Peninsula are "staying after school" because they want to. They choose to keep learning after 3pm, often for another 3 hours of mentoring and healthy companionship.
If anyone doubts the benefits of and extended school day – like most other countries have – they need only ask these Youth of the Year finalists whose families can't afford tutors and special programs.
And ask Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula whose staff, volunteers and donors make the extended day possible in their clubhouses and on school campuses. Their record of high-school graduation success is convincing.

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Posted by Chris Hill
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

Dudley Ryder is my son and I am so very proud of him and all of the finalist and (of course) the winner of the Youth of the Year 2011. I thank the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula as well as all of the parents and volunteers that helped make this competition happen. This definitely inspired my son to do more, reach higher and BE EXTRORDINARY. Thank you!