Venice High School senior Andy Perez has been selected as the Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s 2012 Youth of the Year.

Perez, who currently serves as president of the club’s Keystone Leadership Club, will be honored during a ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Digital Domain, 300 Rose Ave., Venice. The club will additionally recognize award finalists Fawlene Copeland of Crenshaw High School and Kimberly Woodruff of Culver City High School.

As part of the event, the club will also display art pieces from several club members who were winners or finalists in the fine arts competition held on Jan. 18.

“We are extremely proud of all three nominees for their academic performance, commitment to the club and community involvement,” said Erikk Aldridge, the club’s executive director. “They, along with our past Youth of the Year honorees, prove that the value of a club membership is immeasurable.”

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club.

If selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year, the winner receives a $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the president in an Oval Office ceremony.

The Boys & Girls Club of Venice’s 2012 Youth of the Year judges were board members Marty Goldberg and Amy Churan; Gita Gupta of Toyota Financial Services; Andre Harris, Katherine Butler of Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary; Chris Homer of DIRECTV; and 2010 Youth of the Year Miracle Evans. Event sponsors, whose donations help create a college scholarship pool for all three finalists, include Bank of America, GAP, Playa Vista and Sonrise Westside Church.

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