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Member Spotlight: Teens symbolize hope many find in Boys & Girls Clubs

 Shelby Dunn
Marqel Warner 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee provides opportunities for members to explore interests and develop talents. 

Fourteen-year old Shelby Dunn became a member of the Fairview Club seven years ago when she heard from her friends who were members how much fun they were having. She remains a member to this day because of the positive experiences the club creates.
 
“I love helping the little kids, especially with their homework,” said Shelby, a freshman at Fairview High. “I love the arcade and being around other teens and talking about our situations and doing things together.”
 
During the summer, Shelby and other club members got the chance to try their hand at the script writing for a zombie movie. “Eventually we will film it,” said this multi-talented teen. 
 
When she’s not helping at the Fairview Club, Shelby is a Clogger, dancing with the Rocky Top Revue.
 
She holds the impressive title of being the three-time national clogging champion. In July, she won her most recent championship —the Junior National Championship. 
 
“I also won the contest held at Bluegrass on the Harpeth and at the [county] fair,” she said. “I started when I was seven and I fell in love with it. I’ve been dancing ever since.”
 
Franklin freshman gives back
Marqel Warner is almost 15-years old. When he was just 11 years old, he became a Franklin Club member because he said he really didn’t have anything else to do.
 
“My mom wanted me to do something,” Marqel explained. 
 
He now has found plenty to do as a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs. 
 
Marqel loves sports, including soccer, baseball and basketball, “and I love being around people.”
 
“I used to do homework here and get help. Now, I help other kids with their homework and I play games with them a lot.”
A Franklin High freshman, Marqel is a member of the JROTC. He said he already knows he wants to be an engineer when he graduates. 
 
“I like science and I really love math,” he said, adding that he plans to join the Navy to help with college expenses. 
In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars. He sometimes works with his uncle at a local shop.
 
These two teens are just two examples of the caliber of kids who have benefitted from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.
 
They symbolize a program that is fulfilling its mission of providing opportunities for young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
 

Posted on: 10/27/2013

 
 

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