May 2015 Youth of the Month Announcements

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls is proud to announce May Youths’ of the Month. Anaria Anderson, of the Northwest Branch, is the Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls Youth of the Month. Riezi Uzezi-Itesa, of the Southwest Branch, is the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls Youth of the Month. Anjelica Corona, of the Central Branch is the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls Youth of the Month.

Service clubs sponsor three age divisions. Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls sponsors 6-8 year olds. Optimist of Wichita Falls sponsors 9-11 year olds. Rotary Club of Wichita Falls sponsors 12-18 year olds.

Interviewers were Cliff Harris representing the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls and John Luig representing the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls considered the following attributes while selecting the City Wide Youths of the Month:

  • Home & Family Involvement
  • Community Contributions
  • Academic Achievements
  • Boys & Girls Club participation
  • Spiritual Values

Nominees for the Kiwanis Division included:

  • Precious Nzeh-Biko, Rosewood Branch
  • Anajalyce Napper, Northeast Branch
  • Anaria Anderson, Northwest Branch
  • Caden Minor, Southeast Branch
  • Colden Dunn-Phelps, Southwest Branch
  • Preston Jordan, Central Branch

Nominees for the Optimist Division included:

  • Albright Nzeh-Biko, Rosewood Branch
  • Ean Beasley, Northeast Branch
  • TyShawn Wright, Northwest Branch
  • Robert Vincent, Southeast Branch
  • Riezi Uzezi-Itesa, Southwest Branch
  • Carlyn Lucio, Central Branch

Nominees for the Rotary Division included:

  • Dontrayl Harris, Rosewood Branch
  • Terrence Williams, Northeast Branch
  • Derieses Colbert, Northwest Branch
  • Marissa McAllister, Southeast Branch
  • Lorenzo Boyd Jr., Southwest Branch
  • Anjelica Corona, Central Branch

Generous sponsors include: Chicken Express and Times/Record News

Anaria AndersonAnaria Anderson is the 6 year old granddaughter of Jerry/Shirelle Taylor. She attends the Northwest Branch where Mr. Jerry Taylor is Club Director.

Anaria has two brothers ages 4 and 8. She is very helpful around the house and helps keep track of her little brother. Additional duties include taking out the trash, washing the dishes, and keeping her room clean. Anaria also helps with the family pet and helping her grandparents any time she is called on.

Anaria attends Kate Haynes Elementary as a 1st grade student where she proudly maintains A/B’s on her report card. She enjoys Reading class more than any other class and says “school is important it can help me learn!”

Anaria attends St. Matthew Baptist Church where she is in the choir and attends Sunday School and children’s church.

As a Boys & Girls Club kid, Anaria enjoys participating in all areas of the Club. She enjoys Triple Play Challenges, Healthy Habits, Smart Moves, Club Tech & Power Hour, Photography, and Fine Arts Programs. She is howing early signs of leadership skills.

Director Jerry Taylor said, “Anaria has a caring attitude and is very helpful.”

Riezi Uzezi-ItesaRiezi is the 10 year old daughter of Uzezi and Mercy Itesa. She attends the Southwest Branch of the Boys & Girls Club where Ms. Tori Smith is Director.

Riezi has twin sisters who are 8 years old. She is a big help to her mom helping with the house work and keeping up with her younger siblings and resolving disagreements. She also helps by keeping her room cleaned, helping with kitchen duties, and helps her sisters complete homework assignments. She also puts the trash out on pick up days.

As a 4th grader at Fowler Elementary, Riezi maintains an above average 3.5 GPA. Physical Education is her favorite subject and she participates in the choir. Riezi said, “I believe school is important because it helps to educate people.”

Riezi has been a Boys & Girls Club member for the past two years and participates in the Learning/Tech Center, games room, and the Creative Center. She participates in Project Learn, Power Hour, Club Tech, Triple Play Challenges, and basketball in the gym. She also played on the Cherry Bombs indoor soccer team at the Club.

Director Tori Smith said, “Riezi is a great helper and tries to be a great friend to others!”

Anjelica CoronaAnjelica Corona is the 13 year old daughter of Ramon Corona. She attends the Central Branch of the Boys & Girls Club where Mrs. Barbara Green is Director.

Anjelica has 3 younger sisters and 1 older brother. Anjelica helps with all of the housework. She helps with meal preparations and the cleaning up afterwards. She is frequently called on to help keep up with her younger sisters. Anjelica takes out the trash for pick up and helps with elderly family members.

Anjelica has attended the Rock, a Baptist Church, for the past year. She is a very morally upright young woman and chooses to do the right things based on her spiritual beliefs. Anjelica has also, as a civic minded teenager, been active at the annual Teens Make a Difference.

Anjelica Corona goes to Barwise Leadership Academy where she is an 8th grade student and maintaining a 3.5 + GPA. Her favorite subject is Science. She is a recognized as a member of the National Art Society and is a member of the Cross Country Team in Track and Field. Anjelica believes school is an important part of her life preparing and teaching her life skills.

As a Club Kid, Anjelica has been involved in a variety of Club Programs over several years of membership including Torch Club, Keystone Club, Junior Staff, Club Tech, Power Hour, and reading programs. She is also a participant in Triple Play Challenges, Healthy Habits, and swimming. She has also enjoyed programs while attending Graham Ball Summer Camp at Lake Kickapoo.

Assistant Club Director Charles Lonon said, “Anjelica is an amazing youth who enjoys helping others!”

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I started with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls in November of 2000. At the time I had not worked for a non-profit and the organization had no formal IT plan. During my time with the organization, I have learned a lot about the non-profit sector and created a formal plan and direction for the organization. I have been working to create new ways to keep the members engaged with the organization leveraging existing and in some cases technology under development all while keeping costs as low as possible. I enjoy working with all aspects of technology from hardware, software, programming, team building, training, professional networking, and systems engineering. I am not a specialist in any one discipline but focus on finding or building technologies to further the organization while keeping the larger picture in mind. To that end, I never see an IT system as static but ever evolving and always in need of improvement.