By Tia Lecorchick staff writer
The Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club has announced their choice for Youth of the Year. Artelia Butler, a 14-year-old Morgan County High School (MCHS) freshman and member of the Boys and Girls Club since 2008, was selected for her remarkable dedication to her academic pursuits and aspirations as well as for her compassionate spirit toward people.
“Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club is so proud of Artelia as she is a great example of its mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” said Nancy Vaughan, vice president of support services for the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club. Gari Quiroz, director of the Madison-Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, believes Butler is the ideal choice for Youth of the Year.
“She’s such nice young lady. She is a vibrant. She was the best overall candidante out of all our club members. She’s involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities and she represents what we are trying to here at the club,” said Quiroz. According to Vaughan, Butler “has some very solid goals in mind. She plans to attend Georgia Southern and would like to pursue a career as a respiratory therapist. She was drawn to this career choice when she visited the respiratory clinic at Emory Hospital, and understood the significance of this medical procedure in a patient’s recovery.”
Butler is a member of the Best of the Bulldogs Step Team, which regularly peforms at MCHS home games and pep rallies. She is involved with First St. Paul’s Church in Madison as a member of their praise team. She enjoy learning Latin in school and plans to get her cosmetology license to fund her medical education.
“This is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive in the local club. The Youth of the Year program recognizes outstanding contributions to family, school, community and the club. This program encourages club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading a healthy lifestyle and contributing to their communities,” said Vaughan.