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Tupelo, MS (WCBI) — A Ripley High School Senior wins a prestigious honor from the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi. Five finalists competed this evening in Tupelo for “Youth of the Year” .  All finalists represented area Boys and Girls Clubs.  They had to write essays,  and get letters of recommendation.

This evening they were questioned by a panel of three judges.  When it was all over, 17 year old Briana Rucker of Ripley was named “Youth of the Year” for the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi.

“It means a lot to me, I really worked hard for it, and I’m really shocked, still shocked.  Going in front of the panel , I was a little nervous, but I shook it off and answered everything from the heart.”

Rucker will now head to the state competition in Jackson next month.   The winner of that competition goes to regionals.

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