Turns out, she didn’t know how big, or how positive, it would prove to be.
Livermore, who is 16 and home schooled, has followed up her selection this year as the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year by being chosen the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.
Now, the 16-year-old, who has two siblings, will advance to the state competition in March and, if successful at that level, she would move on to the nationals in Washington in September.
Livermore said she was “honored and humbled” to be chosen the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.
“I am overjoyed to not only represent Douglas County and the many truly genuine people I have met at the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club but those I have met at the metro Atlanta level as well.”
Although the rules to be considered for the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club honor were extensive, Livermore was able to use them to reflect not only her outgoing personality but her writing and public speaking skills.
During the Metro Atlanta competition, she was required to have letters of recommendation and then she had to record, in written form, the achievements she has had in her life, especially those with her local Boys & Girls Club.
Following that, Livermore underwent an extensive interview process and then give an oral presentation before club staff members.
By advancing to the Metro Atlanta finals, Livermore was required to give a second speech to Boys & Girls Club supporters.
When notified recently that she would be the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year representative, she was advised that she had won the honor over 19 other candidates.
“Life is about setting one or two goals at a time and then working to achieve them before setting larger, more extensive goals,” Livermore said.
“Once I realized what the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Program was all about, I set my goal to make it to state competition and now I want to advance further,” she said.
Although the same competition requirements are involved at the state level to advance, the judges are more selective and the competition more extensive as candidates come from throughout the state.
However, Livermore said her incentive remains the same.
“Growing up, I was home schooled and, as such, didn’t have many friends,” she said.
“However, when I joined the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club, it felt wonderful and I immediately felt at home there,” Livermore said. “I didn’t have to be like anyone else or do things like anyone else but I could be my own person, which was terrific.”
Livermore wants to attend Hampton University.