Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica member Maya McComsey has been named the national winner of the Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals in the Music Tech Category for the 13-15 age group.

As a member of the club’s John Adams Middle School branch, she won the national digital arts competition for her creativity and use of technology in music making.

The Digital Arts Festivals are presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America through its partnership with founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast. The festivals recognize club members who use artistic expression in six categories: photography, music, graphic design, game design, movie animation and film. The competitions are part of Club Tech, a program that integrates technology into club activities to help youth develop skills critical to building a successful future.

For the Music Tech category, Boys & Girls Club members were asked to use computer generated music-making software to create a fresh sound. McComsey’s music creation, entitled Fresh New Sound, was judged by a panel of national experts and competed against submissions from clubs across the globe.

“We are so proud that one of our young people won a national competition. Maya McComsey is a very talented young lady,” said Aaron Young, president and CEO of the Santa Monica club.

“These competitions allow club members to take tech skills they have learned through their Boys & Girls Club and design a really original piece of artwork. It’s amazing to see the incredible things kids and teens can do when given access to technology.”

As a national winner in the teen division, McComsey, along with teen winners from all six categories, will receive an all-expenses-paid summer trip that includes sightseeing and “job-shadowing” experiences.

“The quality of the entries we see for the Digital Arts Festivals every year never ceases to amaze me,” commented Akhtar Badshah, senior director of citizenship at Microsoft Corporation. “This year’s winners are the perfect example of how giving young people access to technology and the knowledge to use it unleashes their creativity and showcases how we can create exciting opportunities for youth in all our communities.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica also had two other winners in this year’s Digital Arts Festival for the Pacific region.

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