Boys and Girls club names Youth of the Year


Eagle Staff Writer

Ashley Marshall embodies all the attributes of a Boys and Girls Club ambassador: excellent student, talented singer and all-star athlete. And she finds time to mentor and tutor young students within the club.

The six years Marshall has spent with the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley were recognized Thursday as she was named Youth of the Year for 2003, receiving a $500 scholarship from the club.

The announcement came at a luncheon to recognize Marshall and induct former Boys Club of Bryan member U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Davison into the Ronald E. Hale Alumni Hall of Fame.

Marshall, 18, told about 75 business donors and other community leaders at the Briarcrest Country Club that the Boys and Girls Club had taught her how to give back to the community.

“When I joined the club, I saw it as a great place to simply act like a child, but it wasn’t long before I saw the benefits of mentoring younger kids,” she said. “I feel proud giving back to others. That feeling is precious.”

Marshall graduated two months ago from Bryan High School with honors. She also was named to the academic all-state softball team. She was a member of the National Honor Society and will attend Texas A&M University in the fall to study psychiatry. For the past two years she has served as president of the 12th Man Teen Supreme Keystone Club, a branch of the Boys and Girls Club.

Ron Rolett, president of the Boys and Girls Club, described Marshall as a positive role model and as having exceptional character and leadership abilities.

“Ashley is a very deserving recipient, a representative of thousands of young people who are members of Boys and Girls Clubs across America,” he said.

Davison told the group at the luncheon that his years of membership in the Boys Club of Bryan during the mid-1970s taught him physical, mental and spiritual toughness.

“I remember playing football at the club most of all, but also remember all the wonderful volunteers they had, like my neighbor Mr. [Ronnie] Hale,” Davison said.

Marshall also received the Edward and Robbie Black scholarship worth a $1,000 from Boys and Girls Club board members, Ron and Vickie Schmidt.

Jonathon Lopez, the 2002 Youth of the Year for the club, was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Schmidt family.

The club provides a gymnasium, study facilities, tennis courts and computer rooms while serving 2,000 students each year. Over the summer, about 300 children use the Bryan and College Station facilities on a daily basis, according to Rolett.

• Margot Denney’s e-mail address is mdenney@theeagle.com.

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