Prosser High School senior Brenna Cherry left the Mid-Columbia for Southern California on Tuesday to compete to be Youth of the Year for the Pacific region of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Part of the three-day trip will allow the 17-year-old to do some sightseeing and visit Disneyland, according to a release from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.
But she'll also be vying for $10,000 in college scholarships and the right to visit the White House this fall for the national level competition.
Cherry was the first youth from an Eastern Washington club to become the Washington Youth of the Year for the youth organization. The award is given to youth who have performed highly in academics but also in service to their community and help to their families.
At the regional level, Cherry will compete against youth from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and U.S. military bases in Asia. She and the other participants will give speeches and go through hours of interviews with judges. The winner will be announced Thursday night.