VICENZA, Italy - By means a of a highly competitive selection process, Errett Bainum, 17, was chosen among several local outstanding youth as the 2018 United States Army Garrison Italy Military Youth of the Year (MYOY).

The Boys' and Girls' Clubs of America Youth of the Year program has been honoring our nation's most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all children to lead, succeed and inspire. Bainum is a true example of an extraordinary young man and was selected for his leadership, dedicated service to the Vicenza Military Community and to the Vicenza Teen Center, as well as his academic excellence and devotion to a healthy lifestyle.

Bainum is currently a senior at Vicenza High School. His academic achievements have earned him a place on the Honor Roll with distinctions for several years and a spot in the Math Honor Society. At the Teen Center, the youth is an active member in the Keystone Club, a teen-led club dedicated to community service and leadership.

He is also involved with the American Red Cross, plays on the varsity soccer team and with a local Italian Soccer Club, and is vice president of the VHS Student Council.

Bainum will graduate in June and attend The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, this fall with the goal of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.

As winner of the local MYOY, Bainum will now move on to compete against other European Army sites. If selected, he will compete for the title of Europe Region MYOY against top competitors from the Air Force and Navy.

This year's Europe Region MYOY event will be hosted by USAG Italy - Vicenza's Youth Program on April 27. Following the April MYOY event, the overall winner will compete in the overseas celebration for a spot to continue through the process of competing at the National MYOY Competition/Celebration. If selected as the 2018 Overseas MYOY, Banium will receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable up to four years.