Keen Scout Is Menwith’s Youth of Year

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A teenager from Harrogate has been named as the RAF Menwith Hill Youth of the Year for his dedication to the Scouting movement.

Devon Miller, a Year 11 pupil at the Grammar School of Leeds (GSAL), has been commended by Ricky Harness, the Chief of the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) for his efforts.

To qualify for the award, as well as participating in a great deal of community work and demonstrating leadership skills, Devon had to write essays about his chosen role model and what he hopes to make of his life. He also had to prepare a TV presentation about himself.

As part of the award Devon will go on an all-expenses paid trip this summer to Washington DC where he will tour the area and visit the Pentagon.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience; I’m particularly looking forward to going into the Pentagon,” he said. “It’s a real honour.”

Devon, originally from Hawaai, now lives in Harrogate as his father works at the Menwith Hill base. He will now go on to represent the base this summer at a resort in Garmisch in Germany, spending a week with the Youth Centre.

During the 10 years that he has been a member of the Scout movement, Devon has held numerous youth leadership positions within the troop.

He was also elected into the Order of the Arrow, a national honour society within the Boy Scouts of America.

As one of our senior youth leaders Devon does a lot of community work, including installing a pathway of recycled wood chips through forested areas; organizing collections for the homeless and helping Harrogate’s Women’s Society.