Eastern Kentucky teen wins Kentucky Youth of the Year

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Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 7:21 AM EDT
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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Harlan County teen is celebrating a big win!

Harlan Independent High School junior Kaleb McLendon was selected as the Kentucky Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“Kaleb really just knocked it out of the park, and he talked about what the boys and girls club means to him and he’s Just done a phenomenal job and he’s got a great future ahead of him.” Said Kateena Haynes, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Appalachia and mentor or Kaleb’s.

McLendon is a member of the Cawood Ledford Boys & Girls Club and 21st Century Community Center Teen Club.

Kaleb has been involved with the club since he was six years old, spending time as a mentor as well.

“It makes me feel good because I know I’m helping them and I know I’m shaping them and giving them role models to look up to.” said Kaleb.

The award ceremony was held virtually. Governor Andy Beshear also gave an address during the event.

As part of the win, McLendon will receive a $2,500 college scholarship. He will represent the Commonwealth at the organization’s regional conference in Chicago on June 30th.

There he will compete for $20,000 dollars and possibly move on to the national competition in Washington D.C.

Congrats to Kaleb!

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