2018 Youth of the Year Unit Finalists

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is pleased to present the following Club members as the finalists for the 2018 Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year competition sponsored by McDonalds.

KeiMonie M.

Hawthorne Unit

KeiMonie is a junior at Fort Osage High School and 5-year Club member at the Hawthorne Unit. At Fort Osage HS, KeiMonie is an honor roll student-athlete, participating in basketball and track & field. At the Club, KeiMonie has participated in Club programs such as SMART Girls, Media Arts & Music Matters (M.A.M.M.), Youth of the Year and Keystone Club. As part of M.A.M.M., KeiMonie writes songs promoting healthy living and how to impact her community. In fall 2016, KeiMonie was one of the finalist in the Lyricism 101 Cipher Competition, which earned KeiMonie a trip to Atlanta, GA and $1,000 in scholarships.

Vanesa R.

Independence Unit

Vanesa is a high school senior at William Chrisman High School and 5-year Club. Vanesa has been involved in Club programs such as Diplomas to Degrees, Keystone Club, Meth SMART, and Youth of the Year. In 2016, Vanesa was a regional finalist for the national Youth of the Year competition. Vanesa will graduate with her high school diploma in May 2018. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a nurse or doctor.


Lau’Nell S.

J&D Wagner Unit

Lau’Nell is a freshman at East High School. His hobbies include playing school football, online video games and recreation basketball. At the Club, Lau’Nell participates in the Triple Play program, Power Hour, Club Chat, D2D (Diplomas to Degrees), Career Launch, Passport to Manhood and is a member of the Keystone Club. His future goal is to become an Electrical Engineer or a Public Works employee to keep the community clean.


Courtney T.

Olathe Unit

Courtney is a 7th grader at Oregon Trail Middle School. Courtney’s hobbies include dancing, acting, public speaking, modeling, sports, and pageants. While at the Club she participates in Torch Club, Art, Triple Play, Power Hour, and Starbase. Courtney would one day like to speak to the President about stopping drug and alcohol abuse. She would also like to win the National Miss Pageant. Her future goal is to serve in the Navy and advocate for world peace.


Dariauna J.

Thornberry Unit

Dariauna is a 16 year old junior at Hogan Preparatory Academy. Her post-secondary plan is to attend college and graduate with a degree that will allow her to become a celebrity fashion designer. Her interests include photography, videography, art, dancing, singing, cooking, cosmetology and networking. When at the Club, Dariauna participates in Keystone Club, SMART Girls, MAMM, UPS Road Code, D2D, Career Launch and is an active Club volunteer.


Xavier C.

Wyandotte County Unit

Xavier is a senior at Washington High School where he plays varsity basketball.  Xavier has been an active Club member for the past 6 years. Upon high school graduation, Xavier will attend junior college before transferring to a 4-year university where he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Communications.