Club names Youth of Year

CARLSBAD — Everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad knows Prashant Bhat, Gerald Ball, and Jason Salinas are winners. Now it’s official. The three young men were selected as Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Youth of the Year and finalists.
The Youth of the Year program recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement, obstacles overcome, and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community. As Overall Youth of the Year, Bhat was awarded a $1,000 educational scholarship, and Ball and Salinas received a $500 scholarship, courtesy of the Blackburn Foundation and Ted Vallas.
Currently a senior at Carlsbad High School, Bhat is destined to make a positive impact on a national or global level, Pat Maldi, club spokesman wrote. He became involved with the club because he wanted to raise environmental awareness, and structured a recycling program for the La Costa Branch.
“The friendly nature of everyone at the club is welcoming to any stranger. The bonds I have created with my club ‘family’ will stay strong even when I go off to college,” Bhat said. “I am so grateful for these relationships.”
Recognition was given to all three young men at Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s Super Star Dinner Jan. 27 at the Carlsbad Village branch.
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