2017 Youth of the Year Eric Cowan featured in Springfield News-Leader

2017 YOTY Eric CowanGood luck trying to get Eric Cowan to talk about himself.

The Central High School senior isn’t shy. He is happy to talk about his high school, the organizations he supports and the Boys & Girls Club where he has spent his afternoons for years. But boast about his accomplishments? No way.

“He doesn’t brag on himself. He doesn’t come with a lot of ego,” said Karen Culp, Cowan’s journalism teacher at Central. “He is not a show-off.”

The 18-year-old was recently selected the 2017 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. He was awarded a $12,000 scholarship and will compete for Missouri Youth of the Year.

In winning, Cowan deflected attention by focusing on past winners of the Springfield honor.

“They are amazing people,” he said. “I’m honored to have followed in their footsteps.”

To read more of the Springfield News-Leader’s excellent article and interview with Eric, click here: http://sgfnow.co/2m6TuIE

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