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Katherine Butterfield of Bel Air Boys and Girls Club named Youth of the Year

Katherine Butterfield receives a $2,000 after being named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties' Youth of the Year.
Katherine Butterfield receives a $2,000 after being named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties' Youth of the Year.(Courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil)

Katherine Butterfield, a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties Bel Air club, was named the group’s Youth of the Year at the youth celebration cinner March 28 honoring all members.

Butterfield, a 17-year-old senior at Bel Air High School, gave a heartfelt speech at the dinner and discussed the welcome, accepting and safe home she found at the clubs.

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Overcoming struggles such as learning difficulties and anxiety, the club was a place where she could get help and overcome these things, she said.

Her start at the club was in a volunteer role supporting members with special needs as part of an inclusion program.

“Small acts of kindness make people feel accepted and that’s how I plan to change the world,” Butterfield, who strives to be a shining example for other youth, said.

In the fall, Butterfield will attend Queen’s University, where she will play rugby.

As the 2019 Youth of the Year, Butterfield was awarded a $2,000 education scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties Endowment Scholarship Fund.

The other finalists were De’nez Johnson, a freshman at Havre de Grace High School; Jhadiel Lopez-Camacho, an eighth-grader at North East Middle School; Jedaiah Johnson, a senior at Aberdeen High School; and Kylah Cain-Ward, a sophomore at Edgewood High School.

All the runners up received $1,000 education scholarships.

With support from the Coach Q Foundation, the Aarsand Family Foundation and Kurt Umbarger of T. Rowe Price, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties doubled the scholarship amounts given to this year's finalist and winner.

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“The Youth Celebration Dinner is one of Harford County’s shining events of 2019,” Derek DeWitt, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties, said. “With such an abundance of talented youth attending our Clubs, it is a pleasure to highlight even a small sample of the Club members we serve.”

This year’s youth celebration dinner was emceed by Umbarger, a longtime donor from T. Rowe Price. Richlin Catering provided dinner.

Bel Air Boys & Girls Club alumnus Michael Haynie, installation foreman for Life Safety Systems, delivered a keynote speech to club kids and community members.

As he reflected on growing up in Boys & Girls Clubs and the role it played in his life, he credited the clubs as a place that introduced him to new skills and opportunities.

“Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club I will always be a world champion,” Hayne said.

Hayne embraced DeWitt on stage and referred to him as a father figure.

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To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties programs including annual membership, Camp Hidden Valley and summer enrichment programs and to make a donation to help the clubs serve more youth, more often, visit www.bgcharfordcecil.org or call 410-272-0010.

Upcoming event opportunities include the 22nd Annual Vi Ripken’s Diamonds in the Rough Golf Tournament, Cecil County Youth Celebration Dinner, Catch A Pig 5K, Kiss a Pig and Cecil County Golf Tournament.

Katherine Butterfield of Bel Air was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties' Youth of the Year.
Katherine Butterfield of Bel Air was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties' Youth of the Year.(Courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil)
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