Meet Our 2017 State of Florida Youth of the Year: Arianna Montrose
“Like a nest is to a bird, my Club is to me.” – Arianna Montrose
Budding entrepreneur Arianna Montrose, an 18-year-old Senior at Liberty High School in Poinciana, is the 2017 State of Florida Youth of the Year. The 6-year member of the Poinciana Teen Center will go on to represent the State in the Southeast Regional competition this summer.
In February, the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year process began locally with selected members from 11 BGCCF branches. A panel of respected judges, all chosen for their professional leadership roles in the community, selected Arianna from a group of five finalists. Participants were evaluated based on their one-on-one interviews, academic achievements, written essays, service to Club and their “personal brand.”
As Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year, Arianna competed against 18 other semi-finalists from around the state to win the State of Florida Youth of the Year title earlier this month. This is an impressive accomplishment in an organization that serves tens of thousands of teens each year.
Arianna distinguished herself from the competition with her successful track record as an entrepreneur. She is the founder and co-owner of Layers of Love, which manufactures and sells ready-to-eat cheesecakes in a jar. Through this business, Arianna earned enough money to fund a recent trip to London with her high school, and routinely donates to charitable projects.
Arianna is dually enrolled at Liberty and Valencia College, maintains a 4.2 GPA, and will be the first member of her family to attend college. A natural leader, Arianna has served as President of the Keystone Club, Captain of her school’s Speech and Debate team and Youth Director at New Horizon Bible Fellowship. She calls her choice to start attending the Poinciana Teen Center as a 12-year-old “the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Opal Walker-Warren, Arianna’s Service Director, says “Arianna does not pass up any opportunity to learn, grow, or experience something positive or new, but most of all, she enjoys serving others.”
Congratulations to our five Youth of the Year Finalists: Rebecca Jean-Louis (Walt Disney World Clubhouse); Samantha Riker (Taft Branch); Arianna Montrose (Poinciana Teen Center); Tylyiah Andrews ( Parramore Teen Extension); Rayna Gonzalez (Temple Terrace Branch)