POMEROY — The Father Jessing Council 1664 of the Knights of Columbus has named Stephen Brown as the 2012 Youth of the Year.
Brown was surprised by the announcement following the Sunday service at Sacred Heart church in Pomeroy. As George Korn, the youth director for the local council described this year’s recipient it became obvious who the individual was.
“He is someone I look up to,” Korn said.
Korn described Brown’s resumé of work including being a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Gallipolis City Pool. He has also volunteered to coach for the River Valley Raiders junior high football team. He has coached offensive and defensive lines and assisted in the press box. He also coaches in the youth basketball league.
In addition to coaching, Brown helps tutor students at River Valley junior high in math.
Brown is also a student at the University of Rio Grande and has earned a 3.48 GPA for the fall semester carrying 16 credit hours. He is also a part of the university’s honors program.
“I just want to say thank you,” Brown said, genuinely surprised to be so recognized.
Brown received a plaque and gift certificate. While the nationally the Knights of Columbus have recognized youth so, this was the first time that the Father Jessing Council 1664 had done so. Korn remarked it was something the council was going to continue to do.
Brown is also a third degree knight. He volunteers extensively during various church events. He is the son of Allan and Regina Brown.