The Boys & Girls Club of Venice honored Venice High School senior Oscar Duncan as its 2006 Youth of the Year Thursday, February 23rd.

Also honored as community leaders were Tony Palermo, co-owner of Tony P’s Dockside Grill; Robert Port, president of Mo Po Entertainment; and Mary Richert, director of operations for the Venice Family Clinic.

Duncan, who has been a club member for ten years, was honored for his contributions to his family, school, and community as well as overcoming challenges and obstacles.

He will compete against other Boys & Girls Club youths from throughout California for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship.

If he wins the state title, he will compete for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year title and a $15,000 college scholarship.

Duncan plans to major in business management and music at West Los Angeles College or Washington State University.

Paraleese Lindsay, 15, a student at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, and Taja Young, 16, a student at Venice High School, were runner-up candidates for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice Youth of the Year award.

Palermo was honored as a community leader and Port was honored as a community partner.

Richert won the Community Spark Plug Award.