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April 18, 2013

First girl to win top award at Boys & Girls Club does it again

Destiny Alicea receives back-to-back Youth of Year honors


That was three years ago.

“I enjoy helping other people and working as part of the community, being part of big events,” Destiny said.

Her first Youth of the Year Award developed from the efforts and enthusiasm she showed as she put together the club bakery. Her enthusiasm for baking has led to a scholarship at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, where she will begin her freshman year in September.

In 2012, she created a business plan to start and operate a successful bakery business from the kitchen of the Boys & Girls Club. Her commitment, drive, focus and 15-page business plan impressed the club’s leaders so much that they gave her $750 to start the project.

This year’s repeat award again addressed her overall commitment to the club’s goals and success.

A senior at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Destiny is an honor roll student.

When she’s not baking or organizing and participating in a community event, she brings her energy to school sports. She is the captain of the varsity volleyball team, has played on the junior varsity basketball team and runs track.

Boys & Girls Club leaders said Destiny helped restrengthen the Keystone Club, which performs civic projects.

“As president of Keystone, Destiny has pushed through many issues which plagued the Keystone Club,’’ Cahill said. “Destiny’s leadership has managed to turn the Keystone Club around. This is surely where her determination lies. Destiny rallies spirit by allowing each member of Keystone to feel as though they are that integral piece to the never-ending puzzle.”

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