NEWS | May 29, 2013

One of JB Charleston’s own selected as State Military Youth of the Year

By Petty Officer 1st Class Chad Hallford Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station Youth Center candidate garnered the 2013 South Carolina military-affiliated Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

Kimberly King, a Goose Creek High School sophomore, competed against 11 other military youth April 26 at the state contest held in Columbia, S.C. Kimberly is the daughter of retired Chief Petty Officer Stanley King and Frenchie King. Her selection, was based upon two factors: a written package, including her scholastic achievements, school-sponsored group membership and community involvement; and performance during interviews at the competition.

The Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year program develops their members into articulate, polished and knowledgeable citizens, with a well-defined moral character and sense of responsibility to community and beyond.

"It's been exciting seeing her grow and mature into a nice young lady," said Brooke Matthews, Weapons Station youth programs director. "One aspect that helped set her apart from her peers is her extensive involvement within her school and community."

For her accomplishment, Kimberly received a plaque and a guaranteed $1,000 scholarship with additional scholarship possibilities. She will compete during the week of June 17 for the Southeast regional title held in Atlanta, with the winner of the regional competition advancing to compete in Washington, D.C. at the national level.

"We are very proud of Kimberly's achievements and performance. We are excited for what future endeavors await her," said Matthews.

"I was nervous, yet confident at the competition," said King, "I showcased myself as genuinely and thoroughly as I could. I was pleasantly surprised to hear I had won, and I am eager for the upcoming regional competition."

According to King, after she completes high school she plans to attend college and double major in biology and physical therapy. Her dreams include pursuing the necessary credentials to become a midwife, helping delivering mothers during childbirth. She is also exploring the possibilities of becoming a physical therapist.

The club, state, regional and national-level Youth of the Year selectees serve as teen ambassadors for The Boys and Girls Club and work with club staff members in their increased roles, representing the club at conferences, special events, speaking engagements and donation drives.