Teenager Helps Col­lect Toys For Area Kids

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

Im­me­di­ately, she felt at home.

“I be­gan vol­un­teer­ing be­cause I wanted to get in­volved with what­ever was go­ing on in the com­mu­nity,” said Brown. “The best part of vol­un­teer­ing is the out­come, know­ing I can do stuff for oth­ers with­out spend­ing money. The feel­ing of help­ing oth­ers can­not be matched.”

She be­gan vol­un­teer­ing at the Torch Club “Lead­er­ship Club.” The group sup­ports com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and teen so­cials.

“One of my most mem­o­rable mo­ments I vol­un­teered at was the Toy Give­Away with the BGCA and Toy In­dus­try Foun­da­tion,” she re­called. “We gave away more than 2,000 toys to Army and mil­i­tary chil­dren for Christ­mas.”

For be­ing named the 2013 BGCA Hawaii Mil­i­tary Youth of the Year, Brown was awarded a $3,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship, which she plans to use at the Univer­sity of North Carolina while study­ing to be­come a reg­is­tered nurse.

Along with the schol­ar­ship, she was pre­sented with a plaque from the State Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, hon­ored by Gov. Neil Aber­crom­bie, and re­ceived a let­ter from Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Mark Reck­ten­wald.

“Kate­lyn has over­come any is­sue or strug­gle that comes with a blended fam­ily to bet­ter her­self,” said Wal­ter. “She has only been in a mil­i­tary home for two years, and win­ning this dis­tin­guished award has mo­ti­vated her to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion. I am very proud of her ac­com­plish­ments and to be called her step­fa­ther.”

Brown’s next chal­lenge will be the BGCA Mil­i­tary Youth of the Year Re­gional Com­pe­ti­tion, July 15-18 in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Calif.

“Tak­ing this honor as Hawaii’s Mil­i­tary Youth of the Year is one that I will cher­ish and will rep­re­sent the Army Hawaii with great dig­nity and grace,” she said.

“This award will show Army teens that there’s some­thing out there for them to ac­com­plish and strive for.”

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