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By Debra Osemwegie
University News Service
     
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Howard Student Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2013 Youth of the Year Award
Kiana Knolland

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2013) – Howard University freshman Kiana Knolland was recently recognized as the Boys & Girls Club of America’s “Youth of the Year” for her community leadership, academic achievements, and ability to overcome  challenges.

“I feel blessed to be named the national Youth of the Year because it is an opportunity for me to give back to the organization that has had such a profound impact on my life,” she said. Knolland, a native of Wichita, Kan., studies public relations and political science and aspires to be a federal prosecutor.

She will receive more than $50,000 in college scholarship funds from Tupperware Brands, the national sponsor of the initiative, a car from Toyota, and other generous gifts. She also is now the Boys & Girls Clubs¹ national teen spokeswoman, advocating on behalf of its 4 million members.

Knolland joined the Boys & Girls Clubs when she was 5, and her achievements since then earned her a visit to the White House on Sept.18, where she met and spoke with President Barack Obama.

“My mom was a single mother, so she worked a lot, and later on, she was placed on disability. The Boys & Girls Club has been there every step of the way,” she said.  

Knolland chose to attend Howard University after a campus visit during her senior year. “I felt like this was home -- it felt so natural,” she said. “It felt like a place where I can thrive and succeed."


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