The Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton would like to congratulate Barlow junior Melanie Ambler on being chosen as the 2014 Youth of the Year!
Selected among several local outstanding youth Melanie Eve Ambler will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton (BGCRE), 16 year old Melanie is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Melanie was one of three outstanding Youth of the Year candidates who made the 3 judge’s decision (First Selectman Julia Pemberton, Police Chief Doug Fuchs, and REBGC President Rich Colangelo) extremely difficult as she edged out Andrea McGowan and Julia Murphy to represent our Club at the state level competition on April 17th in Hartford. "This award is such an honor. Being named Redding's Youth of the Year is quite a responsibility to uphold and I welcome this opportunity. It is humbling to be recognized for the hard work and dedication that I put into my life. I was honored to be nominated with Andrea and Julia."
Melanie has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club for 12 years, played softball for the club K-8 and has a strong commitment to the Redding community. She is currently Co-Vice President of the Keystone Club and has helped to organize and run many community service programs including, our annual Spelling Bee, a Coat Drive, Senior Snow Shoveling, Pitch-Hit-Run Event, grade school student mentoring and coaching rookie level softball teams. She has logged hundreds of hours in earning the Presidents Volunteer Service Award. For those members unaware, the Keystone Club is a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service.
Melanie has utilized her musical talents as an accomplished cellist to serve the community. This year she created The Music Ensemble Outreach Club at Barlow. She organized a Christmas music concert at the Meadow Ridge retirement community and the club plans to educate children about musical instruments at a daycare in Bridgeport. She is a cellist for the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) and last summer acted as the musical director/cellist for the New Pond Farm Summer Shakespeare program. Melanie especially enjoys volunteering in the orchestra pits for the middle school and high school theatre programs.
Melanie is a high honor student at Joel Barlow High School taking many AP level classes with a strong interest in both the arts and sciences. She is on the math team, Girls Varsity Golf Team, has been a leader in the award winning Barlow Robotics program and has received recognition for her academic achievements. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student representative for New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and as a freshman auditioned and attended the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. Melanie plans to continue her interest in science and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. She is already training to become an EMT and interned at an urgent care facility in Danbury.
The BGCRE Board of Directors and staff would like to thank all the candidates and wish Melanie the best of luck in Hartford!