Amber Bennett has been in the Upward Bound program since entering the 9th grade. She is 16 years old and a junior at Casper, Wyoming’s Natrona County High School. Bennett, a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming in Casper, gave a winning speech before she was announced the 2016 Wyoming Youth of the Year at a banquet on Tuesday, March 16, 2016. Bennett is involved in many activities at the club and at her school, including Upward Bound. Bennett was up against Jillian Anderson, Cheyenne’s 2016 Youth of the Year, who is also an Upward Bound student. Bennett won a $5,000 college scholarship. Bennett said she plans to study graphic design at the University of Wyoming. She will represent Wyoming at the Southwest Regional Youth of the Year 2016 competition this June in Dallas.