Amonnie Polite has been awarded the 2020 South Carolina Youth of the Year title by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Polite received the honor during an Apr. 17 virtual event, along with a $2,500 scholarship. She is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.

The Youth of the Year title is an honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year program honors the nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Polite, 17, is a junior at May River High School and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton for nearly a decade. Polite was first selected as the Bluffton Club’s Youth of the Year, and then the Lowcountry Youth of the Year in March.

Polite competed against three candidates from across the state, and will represent South Carolina in the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year at a later date.

“I want to be the Youth of the Year because I want to be the voice of the place that gave me mine,” says Polite. “The Club has offered me an immense amount of opportunities for me to succeed in life, and helped me to become a strong and independent woman.”