The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield announces that Shannon Smith, a senior at Marshfield High School, has been named the 2021 Marshfield Youth of the Year.
“Shannon truly sets an example for others. She has an incredible leadership ability with a capacity for bringing about positive change,” commented Jim Bunnell, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield. “It’s a pleasure to honor Shannon as the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield’s Youth of the Year and we wish her every success in the future.”
Each year, the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield, selects one exceptional club member as “Youth of the Year” to serve as an ambassador for the club’s youth as well as a voice for all young people.
Smith has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield since fourth grade. Over the past three years, she has held a number of leadership roles. In June 2018 she became a counselor in training. In 2019, she became club staff with the role of overseeing young club members in the afterschool program and campers in the summer camp program. That same year, Smith became Keystone secretary, and organized three key initiatives – a career prep, a food drive and a Teen Cram (to help with homework). She was named Keystone president in November 2020. Among her accomplishments, she organized two successful events for families in the community – an Egg My Yard Easter event and a Kids Night Out.
Outside of the club, Smith has received Honors and High Honors for most of her high school career. She has been involved in Irish step dance at Dunleavy Boyle Academy in Hanover since she was 3 years old. She has danced competitively for many years and received a number of awards through competing, which included advancing to two world championship events. Smith is a dedicated volunteer, helping around town with Grad Nite Live and arranging food donations. She has also helped with and donated to A Simple Gesture, the local food donation organization.
Smith will be attending Merrimack College in the fall and majoring in Business/Marketing.