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Willow Creek student earns Youth of the Year title

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- There's a new Youth of the Year for The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.

And her name is Galilea Hernandez. An 8th grader at Willow Creek Middle School. Hernandez was the youngest person in the competition, which is usually won by someone older.

"Age doesn't determine what you can do. You can be little as a 5-year-old and do great things and you can be as old as 18 or even older you can be in your 60's or 70's and still do great things," said Hernandez.

Applicants had to write an essay, do a speech and interview with judges.

Chad Campbell, CEO of Rochester Boys and Girls Club, said judges look for role model materials when assessing each candidate.

"We're looking for leadership traits, kids who have experience leading their peers. And with making things happen, kids who are dedicated to community and service," Campbell said.

Hernandez's big sister Natalia was not surprised her sister won.

"It's pretty cool and I knew she had it in her and it's always something that's driven to her passion," Natalia said.

Hernandez has dreams of becoming a lawyer and wants to inspire people young and older than her.

"A motivator, I wanna show people that you can do anything. Like I just want to be a very positive influence on the world, Hernandez said.

She will next compete for the state Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.

The winner receives a college scholarship and goes on to the national competition.

KaMaria Braye

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