Anne Arundel County Teen named 'Youth of the Year'

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Annapolis, MD -- 17-year-old MiKayla Simms has been recognized as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Maryland State “Youth of the Year” for 2019.

Lt. Governor Governor Boyd K. Rutherford presented Simms with a citation recognizing her achievement. 

Simms participated in the year-round program that helps helps young people develop leadership skills and good character traits through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Simms will be named as an ambassador for all teenagers and receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club of America. A graduate of Annapolis High School and a member of the National Honor Society, she was accepted to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and wants to pursue a career in medicine with the goal of becoming a dermatologist or cardiologist.

Simms is now a junior staff member at the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Boys & Girls Club.

“Participating in the Youth of the Year program has allowed me to explore myself as a person for the better, and represent my community,” said Simms. “I am honored to meet Lt. Governor Rutherford and appreciate his strong support of Clubs across the state. It was very exciting to represent thousands of Maryland Club kids and I am thrilled to bring awareness of all the great programs and positive impact these programs provide our communities everyday.”


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