A recent Rising Tide Charter School graduate is this year’s winner of the Plymouth Boys & Girls Club’s annual Youth of the Year Award.

PLYMOUTH – A recent Rising Tide Charter School graduate is this year’s winner of the Plymouth Boys & Girls Club’s annual Youth of the Year Award.

Tyrese Ribeiro, a Middleborough resident who graduated from the charter school last year, received the award and the $2,000 Stephen Magner Memorial college scholarship during the club’s 72nd annual awards dinner last week at the Plymouth Country Club.

Ribeiro was one of three finalists for the award. Runners-up Lucas Coppola and Rachel Forman, both local high school students, each received $500 tuition grants from the club’s scholarship fund.

Established in 1947, the Youth of the Year is the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for club members, promoting service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; poise and interviewing ability.

Fifteen club members participated in the year-long program, with nine completing the requirements of community service, academic success, evidence of leadership and mentoring other members. The nine also composed three essays on plans, goals and overcoming obstacles and completed rigorous interviews by a panel of judges.

Ribeiro has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for four years. He began in the Youth Works summer job readiness program, working as a junior counselor with children 10 and older during summer camp and has been an asset to club programming every since. He continues to attend the club regularly, mentoring many younger members.

Ribeiro graduated from Rising Tide in 2017 and is currently working to save money to attend Fitchburg State University to pursue a career in the film industry.

Coppola started in the club’s summer camp in 2009 and has been a fixture in club programs. More recently, he participated in the Youth Works program where he assisted counselors as a junior staff member for the 8-year-olds.

He is building a pergola, complete with a chess set patio, for the club for his Eagle Scout project. He will graduate from Plymouth South High School in 2020 and hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Forman has attended the club for 10 years. Through her participation in the club’s Torch Club and Keystone community service groups, she has develop strong leadership skills and a love of helping others. During her tenure as president of the Torch Club, she attended the Torch Club leadership summit in Roxbury.

Forman is a sophomore honor roll student at Plymouth North High School and hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after graduating.

All three finalists made their public speaking debuts during the awards banquet, which featured former Boston Red Sox player Lou Merloni as the keynote speaker.

Merloni, who played with Sox from 1998 to 2003, is no stranger to youth development organizations and charitable causes. He and his wife, Steffanie, are active with Room to Grow, a fund for babies in poverty, and Bombshells Against Breast Cancer, supporting the Ellie Fund.

The club also recognized three adults during Thursday’s awards dinner.

Marc Manfredi was honored as the club’s Volunteer of the Year. Club staff member Phil Harris was recognized for breaking the course record in the club’s annual Run to the Rock half marathon. Business leader Ed Santos was honored with this year’s President’s Award.