The quality of being superior: very good of its kind: eminently good: first-class
The definition of excellence is crystal clear, but how does obtain the quality of being superior?
What does it take to be excellent?
This past Saturday, nine youths from the various branches of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS) told us what it takes: leadership, commitment and determination. They knew this because they demonstrate these qualities on a daily basis, both in their Clubs and within their community.
From the nine nominees, Alyssa Coughenour, a senior at Pinnacle High School and member of the Thunderbirds Branch, was chosen to represent BGCGS in the state-level competition.
An excerpt from Alyssa’s speech describes how the BGCGS PROUD program helped her excel:
At a young age, I learned how to respect others. However, it was the PROUD lock-in that taught me why respect was so important.
When I was blinded at the event, it only took me a few minutes to realize how dependent I was on other people. Being blind opened my eyes to circumstances other people have to live with, and I experienced first-hand what it would be like if I was not as fortunate as I am.
To this day, you’ll find the framed PRIDE Award, an award I received at the PROUD Lock-in, on top of the antique rollover desk in my room. It reminds me of the most important lesson I’ve learned in the past eighteen years- respect. People who respect others unique differences are proud of themselves for appreciating everyone regardless of their color, disabilities, or quirks. Thus, pride lies in respect, and respect, thanks to the Thunderbirds Branch, is something I have begun to fully comprehend.
Finalists for the Youth of the Year award were:
Alyssa and all of the finalists have stories of growing into leaders, inspiring others to succeed and are role models to other members of BGCGS.
How do you achieve excellence?