TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Jazmyne McNair was recognized on the floor of the House and the floor of the Senate, Monday at the State Capitol.
McNair, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence since fifth grade, was presented an official certificate of recognition by Representative Dennis “Boog” Highberger, who was also in attendance earlier this month when McNair won the Kansas Youth of the Year competition at the Topeka Civic Center. Accompanied by her mom, Melissa Johnson, and Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Executive Director Colby Wilson, McNair stood by as Highberger read her numerous accomplishments to his fellow state representatives. As he finished her bio, Representative Barbara Ballard presented McNair with her framed certificate.
“It was really cool, knowing that I was surrounded by people that are making an impact,” McNair said. “They have the same type of intentions that I do, to make things better for the people that they serve.”
On Day 45 of the 2016 Legislative Session, both the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Senate graciously invited her to their respective floor to honor her not only as the Kansas Youth of the Year, but for her commitment to helping others. As a junior at Lawrence High School, Jazmyne balances a multitude of extracurricular activities, school projects, her Boys & Girls Club job and even finds time to teach Sunday School classes.
McNair has been a member of the LHS orchestra for three years, the choir for three years, the forensic team for three years and has been part of more than 10 concerts and plays. This forensics season Jazmyne is a two-time state qualifier, which includes five top-five finishes. Only two weeks ago, she was selected to travel to Chicago with the LHS Symphonic, Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras. Don’t look for her to bask in the spotlight. Instead, she was thrilled to be in the presence of her state leaders.
“One of the representatives, Barbara Ballard, actually recognized me and I was able to talk with her,” McNair said. “That was outstanding. I’m really grateful for everything that happened today.”
McNair will travel to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Boys & Girls Club Southwest Regional Youth of the Year competition on June 20. The winner of that event will advance to the National Youth of the Year candidacy.