Youth of the Year 2023

2023 Youth of the Year


Presented by:

Congratulations to Surilynn Desch, Duneland Club for being named our 2023 Youth of the Year!


She will continue to the State competition in April where she will represent Northwest Indiana.


Read about the night and view photos here: Great News Life Article

Meet Our Candidates

Surilynn Desch

Duneland Club

JaMal Backstrom

East Chicago Club

Alaisha Brown

Hammond Club

Josiah Horton

Merrillville Club

Xander Brown

Portage Club

Karl Smith

South Haven Club

Bryston Pemberton

Valparaiso Club

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible:

Presenting Sponsor

Premiere Sponsor

Gold Sponsors



Anonymous Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor


Wintrust Commercial Banking

Advocate Sponsors


Duneland Kiwanis

Haywood and Fleming Associates


NOOTER Chicago

Solid Platforms

Friend Sponsor


Portage Kiwanis