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Ford Junior Youth of the Year Awarded at Emerson Middle School

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
Esmeralda (Center) with George Hay (left), Director of Marketing and Advertising & Joe Hay (right), Vice President and General Manager for Jim Burke Ford.

Esmeralda M., an 8th grade student at Emerson Middle School, was recently awarded the Ford Junior Youth of the Year. She received this honor along with a laptop, laptop case, t-shirt, and a certificate from Assemblyman Rudy Salas at a graduation celebration for the 11 Junior High and Middle School Boys & Girls Club sites (and traditional club sites) that participated in the Ford Junior Youth of the Year for 2018-2019. Each site had 20 to 25 students attend the event. 

In 2017, Ford Motor Company Fund launched the "Ford Junior Youth of the Year" initiative in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs and local Ford dealers throughout Southern California, with Jim Burke Ford Lincoln representing Bakersfield. The recipient of this award must demonstrate leadership and service at school, home or with family, and show academic achievement, with consideration given to any physical, social, or emotional obstacles overcome during the 2018-2019 school year.

A club member for three years, Esmeralda has earned straight A's, plays volleyball for a local team, and is active in her church community. She was selected to play her violin in the honor orchestra this year and will attend Bakersfield High School in the fall. 

The site coordinator who nominated Esmeralda for this award wrote the following about her: "Esmeralda helps other students in my classroom when they need assistance. She loves her parents, two older sisters, younger brother, and extended family members. This student also speaks very highly of her grandmother who passed away this school year. This young lady has strong morals and values. Esmeralda has younger nieces and nephews who she babysits occasionally. In our sewing classroom, she is always willing to help other students. She will also help tidy up the classroom after class is over."

The program represents the Fund's goal to support education for underserved youth. The program also allows the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County to celebrate their after-school program club members in middle school and junior high school for their demonstrated leadership and service at school, home, or with family, and their scholastic achievement. 

"We are so honored to be able to offer this recognition for outstanding youth through our partnership with our friends at Ford. This award represents youth striving to be their very best and working with our mentors to create a path of excellence.  Thank you, Ford Motor Company Fund, for your vision and leadership," says Zane Smith, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.


For more information, please visit www.bgclubsofkerncounty.org. 

2018-2019 Ford Jr. Youth of the Month Winners:

Aug. 2018 - Armstrong Youth Center (Jayla R.)

Aug. 2018 - Stockdale Club (Jaedyn R.)

Sept. 2018 - Curran Middle School (Jacob T.)

Oct. 2018 - Sierra Middle School (Raquel H.)

Nov. 2018 - Paul L Cato Middle School (Mia G.)

Dec. 2018 - Stiern Middle School (Joshua R.)

Jan. 2019 - Washington Middle School (Moses N.)

Feb. 2019 - Sequoia Middle School (Angelica F.)

Feb. 2019 - Compton Junior High School (Jennifer C.)

Mar. 2019 - Emerson Middle School (Esmeralda M.)

Apr. 2019 - Beardsley Jr. High School (Mario Q.)

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