BRATTLEBORO -- Sydney Fisher is a true example of an extraordinary young woman. At age 17, she has just been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Vermont Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Tupperware Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Brattleboro, Sydney is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

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.

Sydney is a junior at Brattleboro Union High School and is looking forward to continuing to her education in early childhood development this semester and taking classes in the collegic high school next year. In a heartfelt ceremony attended by family, friends and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Brattleboro, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro on Feb. 5. Sydney was not only honored to be named the local Youth of the Year winner, but she also received a $500 scholarship provided by River Valley Credit Union.

"Sydney exemplifies what Youth of the Year means she has overcome her share of obstacles and strives to do better today than yesterday, always thinking of others and being willing to lend a helping hand. In her own way, Sydney is the best kind of role model for all youth, she works hard at being the best she can be at everything she does. Sydney is very active within the Club and the community and she will be a wonderful representative of the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the greater Brattleboro community as a whole," said Beth Baldwin, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Brattleboro.

If Sydney wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2014 to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.