MILFORD >> Julie Myers, 16, has been named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club.

Julie, daughter of Jim and Sue Myers, will vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“We are so proud of Julie. ... She is a role model for our younger members, who look to her as an example of what hard work and making the right choices can do,” said club Executive Director Megan Altomare.

Now in its 70th year, the program honors young people and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Julie has been a member of the Milford Boys & Girls Club since the first grade. She is a sophomore at Jonathan Law High School, competing on the varsity swim team and the varsity gymnastics team, of which she is captain for the 2017-18 season. She maintains first honors in academics, takes driver’s education and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club for events and activities.

Julie is a certified lifeguard, and works full-time during the summer at local public beaches.

If Julie wins the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and another $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000.

Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September, and will compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of

America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive a scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the U.S. president in the White House.