A student at a local high school received a community service award and college scholarship from a Greater Houston non-profit organization.
On February 17, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston announced that senior Ky’Saan Piatti of Booker T. Washington High School was named the organization’s 2023 Julius Young Youth of the Year at his dinner at the Junior League of Houston. He is a member of the BGCGH’s Texans Teen Club.
A press release from the Boys and Girls Club states that the award “celebrates the remarkable achievements of BGCGH Club members who have distinguished themselves through academic achievement, leadership, hard work and determination.”
Piatti plans to attend Wichita State University and will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Julius Young Youth of the Year Scholarship Fund and a $5,000 scholarship from Chevron. With the honor, she said she intends to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in adolescents.
He will also now compete in the state’s Youth of the Year competition in March.
“Ky’Saan has excelled in a competitive field of worthy candidates,” said Boys and Girls Club president and CEO Kevin Hattery. “We know great things are in store for him as he begins the journey of higher education as a young adult.”
Heights High School sophomore Jadyn Perez finished second for the award and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the foundation along with Jonathan Salazar of the Richmond-Rosenberg Boys and Girls Club and a junior at BF Terry High School in Rosenberg.
“This group has maintained the highest standards in academics, extracurricular activities and in their personal lives,” said BGCGH Board Chair Will Leven. “Their integrity and persistence will enable them to have great success in their lives and I look forward to seeing their development over the next few years.”