The Boys & Girls Club of Kansas held their annual Youth of the Year Banquet Wednesday Evening at the Downtown Ramada Inn and Convention Center. Natalie Downing, a tenth grader from Wichita was honored as the Kansas Military Youth of the year and Ruth Gathunguri, a 12th grader from Lawrence was honored as the Kansas Youth of the Year. Both will compete as National Youth of the year later in 2019. Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Vicki Schmidt was emcee for the event. See more photos here. Back to Local Snapshots.