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March 19, 2021 | Press Release

Akron teen repeats as BGCNEO Youth of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Abrianna Johnson, a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, has been named Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio’s 2021 Youth of the Year.

Abrianna, 18, topped three other candidates in the judging, which was announced Friday.

She now moves on to state Youth of the Year competition, which will be held virtually on April 15. As Youth of the Year, Abrianna wins a $5,000 scholarship from Cleveland Indians Charities and $1,000 in Best Buy gift cards from Diana Fusco, a member of BGCNEO’s Cuyahoga County Regional Advisory Board.

At Hoban High School, Abrianna is Merit Roll student and a member of Model U.N., the track team, South Akron Youth Mentorship and Upward Bound Math and Science. At her Boys & Girls Club, she is treasurer of Keystone Club, which focuses on character and citizenship, and enjoys art.

Abrianna is planning a career in physics or engineering.

The other Youth of the Year finalists were Karla Rickards of Akron, a senior in the Akron Early College Program; Jamaria Glover, one of the top student-athletes at Sandusky High School; and Daisjana Walker, a senior at Cleveland’s East Technical High School and junior staff member.

The Youth of the Year competition is one of the signature events at Boys & Girls Clubs. Candidates are judged on interviews, essays, public speaking and the overall quality of their applications.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 to go after school, with an emphasis on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character development. BGCNEO was formed by the 2019 merger of Clubs in Erie County, Cleveland, Lorain County and Akron.