BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH OF THE YEAR 2016
Don Michel (Vice Chair of the Board), Hunter Smutney (2015 Youth of the Year, Mia Vento (2016 Youth of the Year), and E.J. Ferris, Jr.
Mia, a club member for 8 years is a senior attending Fox Chapel Area High School. Future plans are attending Penn State Behrend Honors Program for Civil Engineering. Over the years she has been active with the Club’s strong basketball programs and continues to be a dedicated volunteer. At school, she volunteers as a Music Librarian for all of the school’s choral groups and has been training younger students to take on her responsibilities upon graduation. Mia firmly believes the Club experience has influenced her academically as a leader and personally, providing clarity and reaffirming her values.
Mia Vento (Shadyside), Renee Killmeyer (Northern Area), Hunter Smutney (Carnegie), Katie Barry (LaRosa), Robyn (Estelle S. Campbell), Jacob Scott (Sto-Ken-Rox), Vanessa Todd (Wilkinsburg)
2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania's
Youth of the Year Nominees:
Hunter Smutney - Carnegie Club
Came'ron Mosely - Duquesne-West Mifflin Club
Robyn Russell - Estelle S. Campbell Club - Lawrenceville
Katie Barry - LaRosa Club - McKeesport
Jacob Scott - Sto-Ken-Rox Club
Vanessa Todd - Wilkinsburg Club
Renee Killmeyer - Northern Area Club
Mia Vento- Shadyside / East Liberty Club
Eat' N Park Hospitality Group and Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Dapper Dan CharitiesYouth Athlete of the Year
Ionie Banner and Mike Hepler (President & C.E.O.)
Ionie walked through the doors of the Boys & Girls Club at the age of six and has been an active member of the Club ever since.
She enjoyed this special place where she could be with her friends, learn new skills and share her ambitions with caring adult staff. Her passion for sports began at an early age and she soon became involved in Dapper Dan Flag Football, basketball, Wrestling, Golf, and Baseball.
She worked hard to achieve a high level of excellence in every sport and embraced the importance of teamwork and fair play both on and off the court.
She currently attends Penn Hills High School as a junior with a 4.1 QPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, 5 year Ben Carson scholarship recipient, and a 3 year starter as a guard on the high school basketball team which had an outstanding season this year. Her future educational plans include pursuing a career as a physical therapist.
Ionie is also active with the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, People to People Student Ambassador program, and the Investing Now program at the University of Pittsburgh
Ionie is a wonderful role model to other Club Members as well as to her three younger siblings who are also Boys & Girls Club members.
The staff and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group congratulate Ionie for her accomplishments and personal character as a student athlete and Club Member.
2016 Joe Gordon Youth Volunteer of the Year
Zaire Teagle, Mike Hepler (President & C.E.O)