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Nashua’s Girls Inc. names 12-year-old Girl of the Year

NASHUA – Twelve-year-old Shalicia Salcedo was presented the Girl of the Year award at a Girls Inc. celebration on Friday evening.

Shalicia said she was shocked and excited to win the award. She has been a part of Girls Inc. for four years, and she said she likes the opportunity to set a good example. ...

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NASHUA – Twelve-year-old Shalicia Salcedo was presented the Girl of the Year award at a Girls Inc. celebration on Friday evening.

Shalicia said she was shocked and excited to win the award. She has been a part of Girls Inc. for four years, and she said she likes the opportunity to set a good example.

“I like being a role model for the younger girls so they do they right thing,” Shalicia said.

She also said she likes being able to meet new people through the center all the time.

Girls Inc. selects a winner from the pool of Girls of the Month who are named throughout the year.

“Girls of the Month show leadership and that they’re good role models,” said Nashua center Director Stephanie Thorp.

Peers, staff members and local Advocacy Council members vote on the winner.

Parents and staff filled the center’s auditorium to celebrate the girls’ accomplishments.

“The annual Girl of the Year event acknowledges how hard the girls have worked all year,” Thorp said.

The honor carries some responsibility: For the upcoming year, Shalicia will be expected to attend special events, engage in public speaking, represent the agency and continue to act as a role model for the other girls.

For instance, the 2013 Girl of the Year, 13-year-old Jailene Velazquez, was an integral part of the award ceremony on Friday. She introduced the Girls of the Month, who joined her onstage, and gave a speech praising all of them for earning their award. She also helped distribute the superlative awards.

All of the Girls Inc. girls were recognized for their special talents and accomplishments with superlative awards.

Dozens of categories ranging from “best sharer” and “best dancer” to “best at taking care of her baby dolls” and “best nature explorer” brought each member to the stage for individual recognition.

Velazquez was voted as “mostly likely to be future staff.”

During the celebration, one of the Girls of the Month, Yenisya Rivera, had everyone cheering with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Girls Inc. girls also performed a choreographed dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.”

Now that the school year is coming to a close, the center will hold a nine-week summer program during which every week will have a different theme, such as “Mad Scientist” and “Project Runway.”

Girls Inc. of New Hampshire is a member-based organization for empowering girls ages 5-18. It also has locations in Manchester and Concord.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).