Wolfe Kirson, 18, a member of the Boys' Club of Santa Monica, was one of five finalists in the National Youth of the Year Competition held in Washington, D.C., this week.
A recent graduate of Santa Monica High School and an entering freshman at UCLA, Kirson represented the Pacific region.
Judges selected Shawn Southard, 17, of Pittsfield, Mass., as the winner, based on scholastic achievements, community service, leadership abilities and overcoming of physical, social or emotional hardships. President Reagan announced the winner at a White House ceremony Wednesday.
The competition is sponsored by Boys' Clubs of America and the Reader's Digest Foundation.