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Local youth advances to state BGCA contest

marlinda-dunham-WEBMarlinda DunhamMarlinda Dunham of Livingston was selected among several outstanding youth as the East Texas Junior Youth of the Year among the Boys and Girls Clubs of the region.

She will now advance to the Texas Junior Youth of the Year competition to be held March 20-22 in Austin during the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Texas State Summit. She will be accompanied by Sherry Wilson, unit director of the Boys and Girls Club of Polk County.

Dunham was nominated as the Junior Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Polk County and was subsequently named as the Deep East Texas Junior Youth of the Year and the East Texas Junior Youth of the Year.

The Boys and Girls Club of America Junior Youth of the Year program honors the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their paths to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

“Its not all about winning I’m just here to have fun,” said Dunham.

She hopes to attend Drake University and study to be an OB/GYN.