We were thrilled to welcome and celebrate a group of inspiring teens up for the 2019 National Military Youth of the Year award. The finalists gathered in our nation’s capital recently to attend the annual Youth of the Year gala held this year at the National Press Club on 14th St NW. 

Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Youth of the Year program honors and recognizes outstanding teens from across the U.S. who demonstrate leadership, service, and academic excellence, serving as role models and inspiration for other youth in their communities and beyond.

Prior to the gala & ceremony, the finalists spent a few days exploring our fair city and dropped by Farmers & Distillers for dinner. We treated them to a delicious three-course meal, hitting all of our Farmers & Distillers favorites, including: a first course of our Farmers Salad. Second course was a choice of our: Southern Fried Chicken & Glazed Donut, Turkey & Gravy, FS Vodka & Pesto Shrimp Bucatini, Beer Can Roasted Chicken, Cauliflower Steak, or our Twice-cooked Beef Tenderloin. And we didn’t forget dessert. We knew these amazing teens would love our famous Farmers Donuts.

The ceremony was full of inspiring and moving moments, with Dasia B. receiving the prestigious honor of being named 2019’s National Military Youth of the Year as a member of the Boys & Girls Club at the NSA Norfolk Naval Shipyard Youth Center, located just outside of DC in Norfolk, VA. 

For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year program has honored our nation’s most awe-inspiring youth on their path to lead, succeed, and inspire. In addition to Dasia’s win, Sabrina M. was named 2019 Youth of the Year. Hailing from the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Sabrina will serve as the Boys & Girls Club youth ambassador and as a voice for our nation’s young people.

We’re proud of these two remarkable young women and of all the amazing teens who were part of this year’s event. We know they will go on to do GREAT things.