CHARLOTTE – Myers Park High School junior Tatiana Aguilar not only made a splash locally, but also across the state.
Tatiana was announced as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs’ North Carolina Youth of the Year, after earning recognition as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte’s 2016-17 Youth of the Year.
The junior went up against students from across the state to earn a $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the Southeast regional competition June 13 to 15 in Atlanta.
“Tatiana is a bright light in our community,” said Marty Clary, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. “This recognition is well deserved, as Tatiana represents what the Boys & Girls Clubs are all about. She excels in the classroom, is a natural-born leader and always leaves others better than she found them.”
Tatiana has maintained a cumulative weighted GPA of 4.56 and is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars.
At the Boys & Girls Club in Charlotte, she serves as a junior staff member and teaches a Latin dance class for younger members.
She also tutored younger members and planned a health fair for members and their families. When presented with the local award, the junior said she felt like “it takes a village” to make change.
“I have truly witnessed the impact of the club in my life,” Tatiana said. “I only have God, my family and this organization to thank for challenging me and shaping me into the confident person that I was not three years ago. I was so honored to be selected as the state Youth of the Year and represent Charlotte and the Marsh Road Club. The Boys and Girls Club has allowed me to do the impossible. I never would’ve imagined being where I am today.”
Tatiana plans to pursue a career in neurobiology.