Jacqueline Harris was honored as the 2007 Boys & Girls Club of Venice Youth of the Year Friday, February 23rd.

Other nominees for the Youth of the Year award included club members Eduardo Guerrero and Brandon Tillis Harris.

In addition to the Youth of the Year, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice handed out its annual Community Leader Awards to Litt and Teddy Seraphine, of Keller Williams, for their work with the club and as volunteers in the community.

Harris, a junior at Santa Monica High School, has been a club member for nine years and coincidentally is the cousin of 2006 Youth of the Year winner Oscar Duncan, who introduced her to the club.

As the winner, Harris will receive a $2,500 college scholarship award sponsored by the club and Sunrise Community Church. A panel of seven judges selected her.

“It was a lot of hard work,” Harris said. “But, it is definitely worth it and I’m very honored to represent my club.”

Harris is a vocalist and is able to fine-tune her craft at the club’s music recording studio with the support of fellow teens interested in music engineering, singing, rapping, songwriting and music production.

The club’s music program, started and supported by alternative rock producer Scott Litt, is one of the more popular programs among teens at the club.

Harris will now compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the California Youth of the Year title, and the winner of the state title will go on to compete for the Pacific Regional Youth of the Year title.

Winners from the five U.S. regions will travel to Washington, D.C. in September to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year, which comes with a $15,000 college scholarship and an installation ceremony at the White House Oval Office.

Information, www.bgcv.org or (310) 390-4477.

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