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January 24, 2014
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Pasadena Wins Big in
2014 Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards Banquet

Pasadena scholarship recipients dedicate the night to late Pasadena Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Teresa Moore
Houston, TX (January 24, 2014) – While there were a total of 17 scholarship recipients from the five Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs at this year’s “Youth of the Year” Scholarship Awards Banquet, the night truly belonged to the Pasadena Branch. Not only did three Pasadena Club members take home three of the top five scholarship awards, they also dedicated their awards to former Pasadena Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Teresa Moore, who died over the summer last year.

“Ms. Teresa wanted a Youth of the Year finalist and that’s what Nathaniel, Nicholas and I are here to do,” said DeAngelo Jackson, overall winner of Youth of the Year. Nathaniel King, third place winner of the 10th through 12th grade division, thanked Moore in his winning speech, “She is a huge reason for the success in my life and I would not be standing here today in front of you if it were not for her.”

Teresa Moore had been the Pasadena Boys & Girls Club Branch Director since 2003. Moore died on July 24, 2013 of a heart attack.

“Teresa made a great impact in the lives of all the youth that formed part of our Boys & Girls Club,” said Major Edward Alonzo, The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps Officer. “She wanted our youth to place in this scholarship competition and we are ecstatic that three of our Club members were able to do that in her honor.”

The “Youth of the Year” competition consists of three divisions: 6th & 7th grade, 8th & 9th grade and 10th through 12th grade. In the 10th through 12th grade division, nine-year Pasadena Club member DeAngelo Jackson won first place and a $30,000 scholarship. In that same division, 12-year Club member Nathaniel King won third place and a $15,000 scholarship. In the 6th and 7th grade division, Nicholas Connors, who has been a Club member since the age of five, came in first place and won a $3,500 scholarship.

The “Youth of the Year” Scholarship Awards, presented by The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Houston, took place on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston, located at 1600 Lamar St.

The Youth of the Year scholarship competition is a year-round youth development program for Club members ages 12 to 18. This year, 35 participants began preparing for this competition since September of last year. Youth that compete must be a leader in their Club, perform community and Club service, speak well about what the Club means to them, and be strong in character. Winners and finalists in each of the divisions earn scholarships for continued education upon graduating from high school.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs serve over 4,000 children in six Clubs in the Houston Metropolitan area, and the majority of the children are from disadvantaged circumstances.


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In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about The Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.