Indy student needs votes for scholarship, club

Ruby Smith. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — “Vote for Ruby!” That’s the call echoing down the halls of Broad Ripple Magnet High School.

Music student Ruby Smith is in a national contest that could land her a $20,000 scholarship and $30,000 for her Boys and Girls Club.

Smith first started going to the Boys and Girls Club in Fountain Square more than a decade ago, looking for a safe place to spend time.

“It’s a place where I can have educational fun and, like, ‘kid’ fun. I’ve spent a lot of time there playing basketball, flag football, reading to kids there,” she said. “It’s like a home away from home for me.”

She said the club gave her guidance and kept her safe from dangerous influences in her neighborhood. These days, she works to return the favor by providing a positive influence on the younger children who go to the club. She reads to them, plays with them and serves as a role model they can relate to.

In a leadership contest sponsored by Maytag, Smith is up against four other students from across the country. Their stories — and the chance to vote — are on here.

If she wins, Smith says she’ll use the scholarship money to attend music school in college. Indiana University and Vanderbilt University are her top picks. She calls music her true love and already composes music and plays marimba, piano, viola and more.

The voting closes this Friday. You can vote once each day until the contest ends. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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