Penobscot Nation Boys & Club member is State Youth of the Year

Posted June 01, 2011, at 10:20 p.m.

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Jeremy Lamson, 17, a member of the Penobscot Nation Boys & Club, has been named Boys & Girls Club State Youth of the Year, said Carla Knapp, chief professional officer.

Lamson has been a member of the Penobscot National Boys & Girls Club of Indian Island for 10 years, engaging in activities and programs such as Power Hour, computer lab, basketball and culinary activities. A swimmer for Old Town High School, he is now in the Delayed Enlistment Program for the U.S. Marine Corps. After his tour ends, he plans to go to school to study politics.

The youth competed against other Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year candidates from the Greater Portland, Auburn, Lewiston, Augusta, Waterville and Gardiner areas for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corp.

Each applicant was judged on leadership qualities and service exhibited through home and family, spiritual values, community, school, service to the club, life goals, obstacles overcome, essays, poise and public speaking.

Lamson was interviewed at the State House by Dajuan Eubanks, vice president for corporate partnerships, Maine Red Claws; Maj. Gen. John Libby, adjutant general, Maine National Guard, and commissioner, Department of Defense; Marjorie Wiggins, chief nursing officer and vice president, Maine Medical Center; and Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Portland. Gov. Paul Lepage atttended the dinner that evening.

Lamson will compete for the regional title in New York City. In his essay, he wrote, “I’m not exactly sure how I’ll do it, but I promise anyone reading this I will change this world.”

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