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Cedar Rapids student wins state Youth of the Year award

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids Washington High School junior has won the Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year.

Natalie Barnes, a junior staff member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids, competed in Omaha against two other students on Wednesday to win the Youth of the Year award.

She received a plaque and $1,000 and will move on to the regional level in Chicago, where she will compete in July.

Barnes was raised in Norway, Iowa, "a small town where little diversity exists," according to Sarah Hoeger, director of marketing and communications with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids.

"Since coming to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids, Barnes says the Club has helped her appreciate everyone's differences while also finding similarities that bind us together," Hoeger said in a press release Friday.

Should Barnes win the regional competition, she will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be eligible to go on to nationals in Washington, D.C.
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