South Cobb Senior Wins Metro Youth of the Year and State Runner-Up


In addition to preparing to study Political Science at Howard University in the fall, Jaden Tarver has many other activities that occupy her time. She is an excellent student and serves as South Cobb High’s SGA Vice-President; she is a National Honor Society member, a talented dancer, a member of the Ladies of Unity, and a volunteer in her church’s Children’s Ministry. She is also an active member of the Boys and Girls and Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) and was recently named their 2023-24 Youth of the Year (YOY)!

“We are so proud of all of our candidates and delighted to introduce Jaden as our 2023-24 Youth of the Year,” said BGCMA President and CEO David Jernigan. “Through her unwavering determination, leadership, and dedication to personal growth, Jaden has emerged as a living testament to the transformative power of Boys and Girls Clubs. Her journey is a canvas of resilience and achievement, showcasing the potential inherent in every young person who enters our proverbial Blue Doors. As we celebrate our remarkable masterpieces in the making, we are not only honoring Jaden but also recognizing the collective impact of our community in igniting the unlimited potential of future leaders.”

YOY is a year-long program that focuses on character and leadership development. Nominees must demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership skills, and service to the community. Each year, one outstanding teen is named Youth of the Year and serves as a spokesperson. The theme of this year’s competition was “Masterpiece in the Making,” and Jaden believes it accurately describes her. 

“It is the perfect phrase to describe who I am,” she said. “I am constantly growing and improving in all areas of my life. My goal is to become an attorney and work in our nation’s capital as a policymaker. I want to positively impact the world by providing support to those who feel unheard.”

She said her eyes were opened to the possibilities of being a voice for others after attending the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth Days of Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

For being selected as the Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year, Jaden will receive a $10,000 scholarship. But she wasn’t finished yet. With strong support from advisors and her characteristic hard work, Jaden continued to the state level and won Runner-up, earning another scholarship.

“Jaden is among the most respectful, talented, and well-rounded students I have ever met,” said South Cobb Principal T.J. Perry. “Her energy and smile light up the room.”

“She is constantly finding ways to help her peers have a memorable senior year through doing different events. She is always willing and wanting to help someone else, whether it’s a student or a staff member. She has an extremely bright future!” Principal Perry concluded proudly.

Great job, Jaden! Congratulations on your awards and scholarships, and good luck in your studies at Howard! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you...