LINCOLN BLVD — A local youth and member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, Maya McComsey, was named the national winner of the Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals for the Music Tech Category for the 13-15 age group, it was announced Monday.

As a member at the John Adams Middle School Boys & Girls Club branch, she won the national digital arts competition for her creativity and use of technology in music making.

The Digital Arts Festivals are presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America through its partnership with founding sponsor Microsoft and Comcast. The festivals on local and national levels recognize club members who use artistic expression in six categories: photography, music, graphic design, game design, movie animation and film.

The competitions are part of Club Tech, a program that integrates technology into club activities to help youth develop skills critical to building a successful future.

For the Music Tech category, club members were asked to use computer generated music-making software to create a fresh new sound. Entries were judged by a panel of national experts and competed against submissions from clubs across the globe.

“We are so proud that one of our young people won a national competition. Maya McComsey is a very talented young lady,’’ said Aaron Young, president and CEO of the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club. “Thanks to our national partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, we are able to provide our club members with an opportunity to express themselves creatively through the Digital Arts Festivals. … It’s amazing to see the incredible things kids and teens can do when given access to technology.”

In 2010, more than 20,000 young people participated in local contests. As a national winner in the teen division, McComsey will receive an all-expenses-paid summer trip that includes sightseeing and job-shadowing experiences. In years past, winners have visited colleges and the offices of large corporations to get a behind-the-scenes look at potential careers.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica also had two other winners in this year’s Digital Arts Festival. Faith G.,12, and member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s Main Branch, and Cate S.,10, and member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s JAMS branch, were named Pacific region winners. Faith, a seventh grade student at JAMS, is involved in the Journalism Club and GLEE Club and won for her song, “Words Can’t Hurt Me (Anti-Bully).” Cate S., a fifth-grader at McKinley Elementary, is involved in various clubs and programs at the Main Branch and won for her song, “Cate’s Song.”

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