Kyndal Johnson, Jaden Landon and Xavier Gaddy have been selected as the Boys & Girls Club’s youths and teen for the month of August.
Kyndal, 8, is a rising third grader at Northumberland Elementary School. This summer was the first for the new Northumberland Unit and Kyndal’s first as a member of the Boys & Girls Club. “She does a great job at showing respect for others and pushes to build relationships and make friends,” says Director Dominique Pugh. “Kyndal herself says she loves to help others and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. Gym is her favorite subject and she especially loves kickball and playing pool. Being youth of the month makes her happy and inspires her to be even greater,” adds Pugh.
Jaden Landon is 11 and will be entering seventh grade at Lancaster Middle School. Marshita Smith, program coordinator at the Club’s Activity Center, reports that Jaden was selected because she is a respectful young lady who follows club policies and rules. She says she wants to be a lawyer or a nurse and that being selected youth of the month for the Lancaster Unit inspires her to be “the best person that you can.”
Xavier Gaddy, 14, will enter the ninth grade at Lancaster High School next month. He has been a BGCNN member for seven years and is involved in many Club programs: Teen Chef, Keystone Club, Oyster Club, Technology Club, Basketball team, and art program. He also was fortunate to be able to participate in Drone Camp, a week of instruction in assembling and flying drones they were able to keep, that was offered Club teens during the final week of this year’s Summer Enrichment Program. “Xavier is always willing to lend a helping hand,” states Teen Director Ulysess Turner. “He cleans up after snack time and assists others with homework when needed. He participates in our tutoring program and always has a great attitude.” Xavier says he wants to be an animated cartoon director and creator. “It’s an honor to be chosen teen of the month . . . I don’t normally get chosen to be recognized for anything so this is a surprise and I’m honored,” he says.