State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) presented a resolution to Rosetta Shepherd, honoring her on being named the Ohio Youth of the Year by the Ohio-Michigan Boys and Girls Clubs of America at today’s Ohio House session.
Shepherd is a senior at Elyria High School and received the award at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Ohio/Michigan State Regional Competition. She was chosen among teens from Ohio and Michigan to go to Chicago, from July 18 to 21, to compete again against other Midwest states to be named the Regional Youth of the Year.

“It was my privilege today to honor Rosetta as the Ohio Youth of the Year for the State of Ohio,” Manning said.  “This award is a testament to Rosetta’s hard work, dedication and perseverance in attaining a worthy goal, and she is to be commended.”

Shepherd was chosen due to her three-minute speech about her personal life and how the club has affected her over her 10 years of being a member. She was also selected due to recommendations from teachers, club staff and mentors, as well as her three essays on her “Club Experience”, “My Vision of America’s Youth” and “My Personal Brand.”

Her other honors include the National Honor Society Membership Award, Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators Honor, Presidential Fitness Award and Daughters of the Revolution Medal. Shepherd plans to continue her education at Kent State University, where she will study middle childhood education in hopes of being a fourth-grade teacher.

Rosetta Shepherd was present to receive her resolution at today’s Ohio House session.

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