Elizabeth Francisco, 18, of District 6, speaks about her life experiences at the Palms Theatre in Mesa, where she was recognized as the Youth of the Year for the Komatke Boys & Girls Club.
March 7, 2014
By Joshua Jovanelly
Gila River Indian News
Elizabeth Francisco beamed from the stage at the Palms Theatre in Mesa as she accepted recognition as Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley Gila River Komatke Branch.
The formal dinner award ceremony took place March 3 in the packed theater hall in front of friends and families of the honored Youths of the Year from eight Boys & Girls Clubs around the East Valley. Francisco was in the final running to be named the top youth in the entire region. Though she ultimately fell short, she gave an impassioned five-minute speech and represented the Gila River Indian Community honorably.