Leominster’s Laura Jenny, 17, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, will represent Massachusetts in the Regional Youth of the Year competition. With her are Donata Martin, director of Fitchburg and Leominster club, and Jon Blodgett, director of the Teen Center. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green
LEOMINSTER — Laura Jenny was named the 2016 Massachusetts Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of America during a ceremony at Westfield State University.
The 17-year-old Leominster High School senior will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, as well as clubs from across the state, when she competes regionally with a chance of competing for the title of National Youth of the Year later this summer.
Jenny, who was the first finalist and award recipient ever to represent the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, was excited about the honor and what it means to her, as well as the chance to represent clubs from across the state.
“The club is my family,” said Jenny, who has been active in the club for nine years. “It’s my second home. I’ve been here since I was 8, and I’m always honored to represent the club because it’s done so much for me. Now that I’m State Youth of the Year, it’s kind of an extension of that, because now I’m representing all of the clubs in the state and all these great kids.”
Jenny is the daughter of Mary and Peter Jenny, and she has a 14-year-old brother, Eric, who has been active in the club for six years.
“I’m very proud of her,” Eric said, “and I think it’s great that someone from our club can be one of the best youth in the entire state.”