LAWRENCE – It would be an understatement to say that Jose Casado, 17, has a busy schedule.
He attends Central Catholic High School, works a job for a few hours after school each day and ends the day by volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. He gets good grades, and gives back to his community.
Casado was also a student athlete, until he dropped that pursuit to take care of his ailing father. His dad had a severe stroke, and it was left to Casado to help provide for his family.
For all of that, and his positive attitude on top of it, he was selected as Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. The Lawrence City Council made it official with a resolution on Tuesday night, commemorating Casado for his success in school, his devotion to his family and his dedication to helping other kids in Lawrence through leading by example.
About 3,500 children participate in programs through the Club. Volunteers help younger children to cultivate good habits by playing games and sports with them, offering homework help and encouraging friendships between participants. Some volunteers selected by the Lawrence Boys & Girls club have been nationally recognized in the past.
Casado was brief in his remarks, and expressed his gratitude to the council and to the club. He shook the hands of all the councilors and stopped for a photo, beaming as he held a copy of his resolution.
Councilor Marc Laplante congratulated Casado on his plans to attend Fitchburg State University in the fall. He remarked that Tuesday marked a “big night” for Central Catholic, as another alumnus and veteran were also honored during the meeting.
“The key to success is education,” Laplante said.