Boys & Girls Club selects youth and teen of the month


Nadiyah Smith, 9, and Aki Tiggle,16, have been named the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck (BGCNN) February youth and teen of the month, according to youth program director Sheena Hebbons and teen program director Lex Wormley.

Smith is a fourth-grade student at Lancaster Middle School. She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for two years. She participates in the club’s choir, dance team, chess club and in Music for Life, where she is learning to play the guitar. Smith also enjoys singing in the youth choir at New St. John’s Baptist Church.

She has a sister, Ziare Nickens, 14, who is also a member of the Boys & Girls Club.

Smith was selected as youth of the month because she is respectful, she has good attendance at the Club and works hard to get good grades in school, said Hebbons. She is a great volunteer. She loves being in the spotlight and when she grows up she would like to become a singer or a record producer.

“I’ve never won this before. I’m so excited,” said Smith. “My family will be proud of me.”

A sophomore at Lancaster High School, Tiggle has been a club member for four years. He participates in the club’s Career Launch program and he has also participated in the “Strengthening Families Program.” One of his favorite activities is spending time in the computer/technology lab where he is often helpful to younger club members.

He also volunteers with the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity. At school, Tiggle plays the tuba in the band.

Tiggle was chosen as teen of the month because he is always courteous and kind, respectful and helpful, said Wormley. He is a hardworking volunteer.

Being chosen as teen of the month “makes me feel good because now I know that my behavior is being noticed,” said Tiggle, who would like to join the U.S. Army when he graduates from high school.