Congrats on double honor

Published 9:39 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

Niyasia Scott gets another walk down the runway and round of applause for being the Boys and Girls Clubs Suffolk Unit Youth of the Year — for the second year in a row.

The hopeful future business management major, who would like to minor in fashion design, has obviously developed a style of being a role model and mentor both for her peers and for younger members of the Suffolk club, which meets at John F. Kennedy Middle School.

Niyasia, 17, is a senior at King’s Fork High School and has once again been honored this year. She will be honored with others from across the region at a March 8 dinner in Norfolk.

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At the Boys and Girls Club after-school program, Niyasia helps younger children with homework and teaches them games that improve their academic skills. Sometimes, they do silly things like have a dance contest.

Through it all, though, the biggest impact Niyasia has on those around her is simply to present a good example for others to follow.

It could have been different. Niyasia lost her father when she was only 5 years old, and such a tragedy at such a young age might have derailed other young people.

But Niyasia has overcome her obstacles.

“Niyasia is what the Boys and Girls Club stands for,” said LaMarr Coles III, the Suffolk Unit director. “She decided that she wants to turn her life around and be different.”

We congratulate Niyasia on her double honor and say thanks for being different. The world needs more young people like her.