HOLLAND — West Ottawa senior Nayeli Mora has been named the 2021 Youth of the Year. 

The annual honor from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland recognizes area high school students for achievements in the club’s core program areas including academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyle. 

Mora was announced the winner during a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Fellowship Reformed Church. The other nominees were Jaylon Grimes, Donna Martinez, Alesha Vandenberge and Gregory Woods III. 

“I’m so happy to continue to represent the club, who let me become the best version of myself,” Mora said after being announced the winner. “I want to thank the club for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will forever carry in my heart, and for allowing me to be a part of a diverse home away from home.”

The West Ottawa senior also thanked club staff, her teachers, her family and her fellow nominees, saying they “really are a family” to her. 

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