Fort Shafter teen earns Hawaii Military Youth of the Year

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Anessa Ridley (center), a 16-year-old honors student from Moanalua High School, was recently named the Military Youth of the Year for Hawaii. (Photo coutesy of Child, Youth and School Services)

Anessa Ridley (center), a 16-year-old honors student from Moanalua High School, was recently named the Military Youth of the Year for Hawaii. (Photo coutesy of Child, Youth and School Services)

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer
FORT SHAFTER — Alongside the hard charging volunteers in Hawaii, Anessa Ridley recently won the title of 2016 Hawaii Alliance Boys and Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year.

The 16-year-old honors student from Moanalua High School is an active member of the Fort Shafter Youth Center, recognized for her community service and athletic achievements.

Ridley’s work has focused on volunteering by reaching out to others, organizing group activities with her peers, teaching young swimmers and feeding the homeless. She is also president of the Keystone Club, a Pacific Teen Panel representative and a member of several other clubs. Ridley is also captain of the Moanalua Girls Varsity Soccer Team.

Each club location monthly recognizes a club member who is 14 to 18 years old, then selects a Youth of the Year who participates in state and national competitions.

Ridley, as a state winner, has received a $5,000 scholarship as well as the chance for more scholarships on the regional and national level.

Ridley will be considered alongside other state winners in the region during the Military Youth of the Year Celebration for the Pacific Region.

This year’s ceremony will be held July 29 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

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