(Via Ho’okele News)
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Preston Col’n recently represented Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) at the Hawaii Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs 2014 State Youth of the Year event March 27 at the Hawaii State Capitol. The 16-year-old Radford High School junior was the Military Youth of the Year runner up.
The event is held to showcase exemplary youth who have overcome adversity and become leaders of their generation.
This was the first year JBPHH participated in the event and only the second year there was a separate Military Youth award. Col’n qualified for the event by winning JBPHH Youth of the Year competition.
He was required to give a speech at the event on how the Boys & Girls Club positively impacted his life. More than 100 guests included state legislators, representatives from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and City Council members.
“The speech was the most challenging part. I had to do it in front of the staff, family, judges and officials,” Preston said. “The teen center staff and my mom helped me prepare the speech and practice my presentation.”
Col’n said it is difficult to decide what part of the event was the most fun.
“It’s hard to choose. All of it was pretty fun. I enjoyed seeing the House and Senate floor and meeting all the senators.” He is currently enrolled in advanced placement government in school and is interested in government and politics, which he said made this experience more interesting for him.
Col’n began preparing for the event in January and said he put lots of hard work, dedication and time into his presentation. He added that he thinks it was all worth the experience, especially since Sen. Glenn Wakai offered him an internship for the next school year.