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2013 USAFE - AFAFRICA Youth of the Year Announced

Posted 1/25/2013   Updated 1/25/2013 Email story   Print story


by Amy Lenahan
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1/25/2013 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Xavier R. Thompson from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, has been named the 2013 U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE - AFAFRICA) Youth of the Year.

Son of MSgt Timothy and Georgia Thompson, Xavier attends Lakenheath High School where he maintains a 3.5 GPA. He is president of the RAF Lakenheath Keystone Club, captain of the high school football team, commander of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Course, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel, and a teen volunteer well known in the Lakenheath community.

Adults describe Xavier as trustworthy, mature, professional and thoughtful, as well as a superior student, athlete, leader and role-model. With a keen interest in theoretical physics and astrophysics, Xavier is applying to colleges known for superior science and technology programs. As an athlete, Xavier would like to compete at the collegiate level, preferably in football or track and field.

As the USAFE - AFAFRICA winner, Xavier will go on to compete for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America European Youth of the Year honors against U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) and U.S. Naval Forces in Europe (NAVEUR) youth with a follow-on chance at regional and national level competitions. Xavier also earned the title of 2012 USAFE - AFAFRICA Youth of the Year.

The Youth of the Year program is offered through military teen programs in conjunction with the 22-year partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year program recognizes teens ages 14-18 years old for outstanding service, academic achievement, moral character and family values. This year marks the inaugural year for the BGCA Military Youth of the Year component in the competition. A military teen will be named the 2013 BGCA Military Youth of the Year later this year.

Xavier A. Adams, 17, from Ramstein AB, Germany, is the 2013 USAFE Youth of the Year runner-up.

USAFE base-level Youth of the Year winners include:

· Xavier R. Thompson, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom

· Xavier A. Adams, Ramstein AB, Germany

· Joseph E. Behr, RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom

· Joshua J. Case, Lajes Field, Azores

· Darryl K. Collins, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom

· Gabriel A. Cutler, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

· Emilia E. Klemcke, Incirlik AB, Turkey

· Devon H. Miller RAF Menwith Hill, United Kingdom

· Makaela B. Premont, Vogelweh AB, Germany

· Tatyana S. Smith, Aviano AB, Italy

Base Youth of the Year winners have been invited to attend the 2013 Air Force Services Youth of the Year Award Ceremony and Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., June 17-21, 2013.

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