A member of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club was named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and recently participated in the competition for Georgia Youth of the Year.

Oskar Kigelman, 17, was recognized by for his character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) member can receive.

“Outside my family, the Boys & Girls Club has definitely impacted me more than any other origination, group, club, extracurricular activity or person in my life,” Kigelman said. “When I have children, I will be able to send them to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club to receive the same life-structuring aid I received.”

Kigelman is a nine-year member of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. He is a senior at St. Pius X Catholic High School and hopes to become an engineer.

He is busy with extracurricular activities, such as serving as vice president of the Keystone Club, president of the Chess Club, member of the Spanish Club, manager of the St. Pius X basketball team and co-captain of a Brookhaven basketball team.

“We are very excited to have Oskar represent BGCMA at the state competition,” said William Lampley, the chief professional officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “He is an intelligent young man with a great attitude and the determination to succeed. He’s taken every opportunity that has come his way at the club and run with it. He leads by positive example.”

As the metro area’s Youth of the Year, Kigelman represented 30 clubs serving more than 17,000 youths a year in 13 counties.

Kigelman did not win the state title, but by completing the new Recipe for Success workshop sponsored by Darden Restaurants at the state event, he could be eligible for a college scholarship from Darden.