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Wright-Patt teenager named Ohio Young Military of the Year

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The teenager says he would like to work as a computer engineer or information technology specialist after university. His hobbies include football and video games.

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Jamari Jones kicks a soccer ball at the Prairies Youth Center April 29 near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is Ohio’s 2022 Military Youth of the Year and will move on to compete at the regional level in Chicago. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

Jamari Jones kicks a soccer ball at the Prairies Youth Center April 29 near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  He is Ohio's 2022 Military Youth of the Year and will move on to compete at the regional level in Chicago.  US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER
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Jamari Jones kicks a soccer ball at the Prairies Youth Center April 29 near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He is Ohio’s 2022 Military Youth of the Year and will move on to compete at the regional level in Chicago. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

His mother recognizes the challenges he faced as a military child, and his work and growth through it all.

“I’m really, really proud of what he’s accomplished,” said Amber Jones. “He keeps striving, despite all the moves we’ve made.”

She also believes in her abilities and prospects for the next stage of the competition.

The next part of Jones’ trip will be at the Chicago regional tournament in June to face youngsters from military bases across the Midwest.

Despite the importance of the event, he maintains a calm and confident attitude. The Prairies Youth Center staff have been with him every step of the way and are equally confident in his chances.

“We’re thrilled he’s made it this far,” said Bennie Luck, Youth Programs Coordinator. “We would love for him to go to regionals and win, but we’re just proud that he even went through the process and took the steps he needed to take.”

The family is due to leave the WPAFB this summer for a new assignment at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

According to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Youth of the Year has been the organization’s premier recognition program since 1947. It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of teenagers who embody the values ​​of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles.

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Jamari Jones participates in her hobby game April 29 at the Prairies Youth Center near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER

Jamari Jones participates in her hobby game April 29 at the Prairies Youth Center near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER
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Jamari Jones participates in her hobby game April 29 at the Prairies Youth Center near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. US AIR FORCE PHOTO/SENIOR AIRMAN JACK GARDNER