Kekaulike student selected Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

CAYLIE PETERSON, 2018 Youth of the Year

Caylie Peterson, a King Kekaulike High School student, was selected as the 2018 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui at the Eugene and Ruth Freeman Youth of the Year event held Wednesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The 15-year-old sophomore carried the Haiku Clubhouse banner and will be representing Maui Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui at the State Youth of the Year event on Oahu later this month. She will be competing against representatives from Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (Oahu and Kauai) and Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island.

Five candidates were chosen to represent their Maui clubhouses for this annual event that recognizes teen members who embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles.

The other candidates were Jaenahleyn Kanaha (Lahaina Clubhouse), ‘Oiwi Gormley (Paukukalo Clubhouse), Kayla Kennedy (Makawao Clubhouse) and Makamae Naleieha (Central Clubhouse). All of the candidates received scholarship funds made possible by the Eugene and Ruth Freedman Family Foundation.

Caylie has been a member of the Haiku Clubhouse for six years. At King Kekaulike, she maintains a 3.7 grade-point average with two honors classes. After graduation, she plans to attend college and earn a degree in communications and graphic web design to pursue a career as an art director.

The teens were judged on their application packets, which included three essays, their school grades and letters of recommendation; interviews with the panel of judges; and a speech they gave at the Youth of the Year event.

This year’s judges were Rick Freedman, son of philanthropists Eugene and Ruth Freedman; Sandra Florence; Gailene Wong; and Bryan Esmeralda.