An Eastlake High School student became the state's "Youth of the Year" yesterday after winning the Boys & Girls Club contest. Brian Byersdorf, a 17-year-old...

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An Eastlake High School student became the state’s “Youth of the Year” yesterday after winning the Boys & Girls Club contest.

Brian Byersdorf, a 17-year-old from Redmond, won $1,000 in scholarship money and the chance to compete in the regional competition. He heard the news during a ceremony yesterday at the governor’s mansion in Olympia.

Thirteen teenagers participated in the state contest, which celebrates each student’s qualities, ranging from strong academic performance to service in the community to poise in public speaking.

Byersdorf became involved in the club six years ago, as his family was experiencing a divorce. It gave him a sense of safety and support, he said.

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Now he spends five days a week at the club in Redmond. He talks to counselors, tutors students and organizes community events. The club has come to consume his life, he said, but in the best kind of way.

“It’s literally shaped everything about me,” Byersdorf said.

The national winner will celebrate that achievement in an Oval Office ceremony with President Bush.