Farmington Hills, MI (February 17, 2018) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (B&GCSM) announced that Marcus Hufnagel, a high school junior from Oxford, MI, has been selected as its Youth of the Year. The honor is awarded annually to a B&GCSM youth member who embodies the qualities of academic excellence, living a healthy lifestyle, and community service and leadership.
Mr. Hufnagel, who attends Oxford High School, will now compete against other Youth of the Year award winners from Boys & Girls Clubs across the state and the nation through the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America competition. He has been a member of B&GCSM’s Matilda R. Wilson Club in Auburn Hills for 10 years and was nominated for being a leader at his school, local Club and in the community.
Mr. Hufnagel was selected for this honor by a prominent panel of judges drawn from business and professional circles throughout metro Detroit. Judges included: Hiram Jackson, B&GCSM’s Chair of the Board and CEO of Real Times Media; Jeffrey Henning, Treasurer of B&GCSM’s Board of Directors and Partner, Global Automotive Markets Leader at Ernst & Young; Robert Heimbuch, Chief of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Juvenile Division; Nancy McLernon-Brown, Mike & Nancy McLernon Brown Endowed Youth of the Year Scholarship.
Mr. Hufnagel credits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan with helping him overcome difficulties in his youth. “The Club has been with me since I was 8 years old and they have helped me to become the man I am today.”
B&GCSM also recognized Gabrielle Strother from the Fauver-Martin Club in Highland Park as the first runner up and tying for second runner up were Jenee Nesmith of the Romulus Club and Myles Parks of the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus in Detroit.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan: Established in 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan is a nonprofit youth development organization serving 15,000 youth annually at 10 Clubs located in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place where youth ages 6-18 (grades 1-12) can spend their after-school hours and be engaged in supervised, structured activities designed to help lead them toward a Great Future. Clubs are open after school weekdays and on weekends. For locations and membership information, call 248-473-1400 or visit www.bgcsm.org.