While most schools in the Mid-South were closed for President's Day, not every youngster opted to get some extra sleep. Five young people got up early and went downtown for a very special day in their lives, the Youth of the Year competition at the Peabody Hotel.
The 10th annual competition features five young people from each branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, hoping for the opportunity to represent Memphis in the state competition.
Amongst the five was William Burnett Turner, representing the John Dustin Buckman Club. He's a senior at Craigmont High School and he was born without the ability to hear. Turner teaches sign language to other kids and wants to continue to give back for the rest of his life.
Contestant Tavina Malone also has plans for the future, "I plan on staying part of the Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer when I'm needed and helping wherever and however I can for as long as I possibly can."
No matter which one of these young people becomes the Youth of the Year, they have already have won. The other 3,600 kids now involved in the Boys and Girls Club have won as well. Last year, 100% of the seniors graduated from high school.