Nadia Hernandez was selected Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV at the Annual “Steak” In Your Community Dinner on Jan. 15 at the Edinburg Activity Center.

Along with the title, Hernandez will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Annual Golf Classic chaired by Eden Guerra.

“Nadia is a true example of an extraordinary youth,” said Maria Medina, the Club’s Director of Operations. “At age 16, she has just been selected as the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg RGV. “

The top three finalists were third place Jorge Anthony Ruiz, second place Ana Ornelas and the Youth of the Year Nadia Hernandez. Each will receive a scholarship in the amount of $250.00, $500.00 and $1,000.00 respectively, courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV annual Golf Classic.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

Nadia Hernandez has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for more than 11 years and is a junior at Science Tech in Mercedes. Nadia is a current member of the El Tule Unit and is an active member of the Keystone club and the Junior Staff program.

Judges in the Youth of the Year Competition included Millie Smith of First National Bank, Ella de la Rosa of Magic Valley Electric Co-op, Jim Langabeer of the University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Terry Palacios and the 2007 Youth of the Year Joaquin Rodriguez. Nine of the twelve units were represented by well qualified Youth of the Year candidates. The candidates were Jorge Anthony Ruiz, Nadia Hernandez, Ana Andaverde, Michelle Villafuerte, Jessica Escobedo, Rosalinda Gonzalez, Ana Ornelas, Jennifer Acosta, and Francisco Rodriguez III.

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community for 37 years, providing daily programs and services to over 19,000 young people. The Club is open Monday — Friday 3:30 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. with programs in five core areas of Character & Leadership Development, Career and Education Development, The Arts, Health and Life Skills, and Sports and Recreation Fitness.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is proud City of Edinburg partner and a United Way of South Texas Agency. For more information about the Club, please call (956) 383-2582 or visit the club’s Web site at www.edinburgkids.com.