Westminster High senior named Youth of the Year

Alex Shaner
Alex Shaner

The Boys and Girls Club of Westminster has selected Westminster High School Senior Alex Shaner as its 2015 Youth of the Year, an honorary designation he received because of the strong leadership and mentorship he has shown to younger children at the club, according spokeswoman Erin Bishop.

"We look for someone who expressed the values of the Boys and Girls Club, that shows leadership, great character and a spirit of service," Bishop said. "Has been coming to the club for a long time, but he spent the entire summer with us this past summer and helped mentor the younger kids at summer camp. He helped them with homework, tutored them and showed them a great model of what they need to be."


The Times caught up with Shaner to learn more about his efforts at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, how it feels to be acknowledged as the Youth of the Year and his plans for the future.

Q: What were your first thoughts and feelings when you learned you had been named Youth of the Year at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster? How did you find out?

I was relatively surprised only because I didn't really know much about the award before it was awarded to me.

Q: Was the Youth of the Year distinction something you were working toward, or was it a surprise?

Not at all, I had been helping at the Boys and Girls Club for a while and it had never really been because of the Youth of The Year Award.

Q: According to the staff at the club, one of the reasons you were selected was your tutoring of younger students. Do you enjoying teaching others? Do you see yourself as a role model?

I don't particularly enjoy teaching as much as I did helping the regular staff members when they were teaching.

Q: How long have you been going to the Boys and Girls Club, and why did you first start attending?

I have been going to the Boys and Girls club for at least five years, the first couple of which were as a one of the campers. I first started attending as a regular summer camp program while my mother was at work during the day; she sent my brother, sister and me to the club.

Q: As you look back on your time at the Boys and Girls Club, what has been your favorite part of your experience there?

Probably just the friends that I wouldn't have had I not gone. The people my age that participated the same way I did, and the staff members that really made it fun to spend my time there.

Q: In addition to the Youth of the Year award, you also won a college scholarship. How much were you awarded and by whom?

I was awarded $3,000 from Darden, which is the parent company of a few other business that are partnered with The Boys and Girls Club, namely Olive Garden.

Q: Do you have college and career plans at this point?


As a matter of fact, I do. Starting this fall of 2015, I will be attending University of Maryland Baltimore County and I will be majoring in computer science.

Q: After high school graduation, what are your plans for this summer?

I honestly have no clue, which isn't something that I like hearing myself say with only two weeks left before my graduation. But it will most likely end up being something to the effect of me living with my parents while I prepare for College and work.