Erika Smith is Fresno County's Youth of the Year

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For winning -- she received a $500 Visa gift card -- pizza for a year -- and a college scholarship reimbursement.

The best and brightest young people of Fresno County received honors on Thursday evening -- during the Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County Youth of the Year event.

The prestigious honor is given each year -- to an exemplary young person -- who is known for their leadership, service and academic excellence.

This year's winner -- was 16-year-old Erika Smith -- from the Pinedale Boys and Girls Club.

Smith will now move onto the regional competition in February.

For winning -- she received a $500 Visa gift card -- pizza for a year -- and a college scholarship reimbursement.
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