Bristol Boys & Girls Club hosts annual recognition dinner

Published on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:35
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

Staff Writer

BRISTOL - Many youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center were recognized last night for their several accomplishments and achievements at the 81st Annual Recognition Dinner.

Various awards were distributed to honor members from every clubhouse, division and sports team that falls under the umbrella of the club in academics, sports, leadership and strong character, explained the chief professional officer of the club, Michael Suchopar.

“We believe all kids are filled with potential,” said Suchopar. “The organization is here to help them reach that potential, and recognize it.”

Jessica White, the educational director of the club who helped organize the event, explained the recognitions were based on involvement, participation, attitude and consistency.

“It was a tough decision to choose who to recognize,” said White. “We try to give opportunities to all the kids in different ways and in areas of the club they are comfortable in, so they can reach their fullest potential as they have.”

One of the youth members being recognized was Nala Jones, 8, of Bristol, who attended the event with her mother Lynell Jones. Nala is regularly at the club to play games, do her homework or wrestle.

“She is very excited,” said Lynell Jones. “The after-school programs here are great for working parents. She gets homework help and reads daily. It’s a learning environment and they are making themselves known to be a great help to the community.”

The event served as a special way for the entire community to recognize the youth of the organization for all the hard work they do and their growth as individuals, according to Arthur Ward of the club’s board of directors.

“It’s difficult to recognize one or two, when they all do so much for the community,” said Ward. “That’s why we make it a community celebration.”

This year’s Youth of the Year award winner, Jill Maghini, stated all the special clubs and divisions recognized their youth together to embrace the sense of community and truly recognize every possible member.

“There are so many kids that come and are not recognized, so that’s why we do all the recognitions together,” said Maghini. “We are a community.”

Julian Garlindez, who has been involved with the club for his entire life and is now employed there, explained they help youth find their direction in the many diverse programs.

“To see the kids grow within the club and each of its programs is incredible,” said Garlindez. “It shows they want to grow and be part of the club.”

The club’s marketing manager Sarah Lucian explained that motivation and success are what drives the members to be the best.

“We are really proud of their accomplishments,” said Lucian. “The staff is grateful to work with talented, loving, young people, and proud of all the work they have done in all the clubhouses.”

The dinner was sponsored by the Older Members Association to recognize members who have excelled in the programs that are focused on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles.


School Based Club House Member of the Year

Ivy-Drive Clubhouse - Garett Lebowitz

Hubbell Clubhouse - Areli Rodriguez

Mt. View Clubhouse - Madison Charette

Edgewood Clubhouse - Gavin Brescia

Greene-Hills Clubhouse - Caitlyn Carbone

Stafford Clubhouse - Kobe T Senethong

Lake Garda Clubhouse - Samantha Mitchell

South Side Clubhouse - Yuvraj Palliyath

Main Clubhouse

Character and Leadership

Elementary age - CaraZen Lynch-Raymond

Middle school age - Jayeson Vanbeveren

Other awards

Healthy Lifestyles Award - Dylan Serrambana

Junior YOY winner - Mason Lishness

Youth Technology Award - Brianna Parker

Power Hour Student of the Year - Nala Jones

Cambridge Park Clubhouse

Good Character and Leadership Award - Pedro Lopez

Power Hour Student of the Year - Adehledy Vargas

Healthy Lifestyle - Nelsaly Riley

Travel Basketball Most Valuable Player - Cheniel Serrano

FC Gymnastics Clubhouse

M.V.G (Most Valuable Gymnast) - Taylor Freimuth

Most Improved- Tyjah Jones

Hardest Worker- Elayna Reynoso

Basketball MVP Awards

5th Grade Girls Travel - Emma Stavens

6th Grade Girls Travel - Brooke Watston

7th Grade Girls Travel - Ciara Collins

8th Grade Girls Travel - Sophia Gerst

Boys 4th Grade Travel - Greyson Pierce

Boys 5th Grade Travel - Jahsun Gayle

Boys 6th Grade Blue Travel - Treshawn Blair

Boys 6th Grade Green Travel - Dennis Cruz

Boys 7th Grade Blue Travel - Carson Rivoira

Boys 7th Grade Green Travel - Zach Vanasse

Boys 8th Grade Blue Travel - Elijah Parent

Boys 8th Grade Green Travel - Dylan Woodsome

Gladiator Wrestling

Duel Team Most Outstanding Wrestler - Alex Marshall

Junior Gladiator Most Outstanding Wrestler - Hudson Frey

Senior Gladiator Most Outstanding Wrestler - Ashton Bip

Volleyball MVPs

14 U – Eliminators - Abby Jones

16 U - Chaos - Leah Martin

18 U – Vortex - Mikayla Martin

The David Pecevich Memorial Sportsmanship Award

Mikayla Martin

Rex Hamilton Award

Ella Nichols

Youth of the Year

Jill Maghini

Junior Youth of the Year

Mason Lishness

Tech for Teens

Jillian Maghini

Melissa Gurzenda

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:35. Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:37.