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Business Appreciation Luncheon Recognizes Three
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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Santa Maria Valley Industry Educaton council and the the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual luncheon this week.  Three PVHS students were honored.  

Debra Hood, event organizer shared the following about the students of the month:

Kayla is a senior at Pioneer Valley High School, where she has been a scholar athlete in Track and Tennis, participated in marching band/Drumline, LINK Crew, AVID, and Early Academic Outreach Program.  She has been the President of “Diverse Delicacies”, is the Treasurer of the Black Student Union, and is a member of the Calfornia Scholarship Federation. 

Kayla was an alternate for the Rotary Youth Leadership award and received the Hughie Award for Most Improved through her work with Center Stage.  She enjoys playing and making music, whether it be playing piano, ukulele, guitar, drums, or singing.  She also has a strong interest in science, and is fascinated by the medical field. 

Kayla’s goal is to attend a four year university and become a Nurse Practitioner, saying, “the nursing field best fits what I love doing most, which is helping others and creating a change in someone’s life.” She has logged over 550 hours of community service, with 330 as “Teen Lead” at Marian Regional Medical Center. 

Kayla is most proud of her academic standing.  “I faced many personal obstacles but I tried not to put all of the negative issues in the way of my academics and it seems to have worked.  I showed myself a new side of me where nothing can get in the way of my goals.” 

Congratulations to our October Youth of the Month, Kayla Alarcon!

Maria Guadalupe, a senior at Pioneer Valley High School, has been an outstanding member of the Pioneer community, and has participated in numerous academic and extracurricular endeavors.  In addition to being a three-time Academic Excellence Award winner, Maria has been a member of AVID, Key Club, California Scholarship Federation, Early Academic Outreach Program, and numerous other organizations. 

Maria is drawn to helping those around her and has been passionate about the educational, cultural, and societal betterment of others.  She has worked as a tutor and mentor to young people, as a community liaison representing Santa Maria youth, and has been a participant in the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project in Sacramento. Maria brings her bilingual, organizational, time-management, and communication skills to all of her pursuits, along with drive and determination.

Future plans for Maria include attending a 4-year university, where she hopes to major in Sociology, and minor in Global Studies or Business Administration.  Maria describes her proudest accomplishment thus far as being accepted to California State University Fresno, because she was able to demonstrate to her sisters and family that anything is possible through hard work and dedication.  Maria states, “I no longer have to follow this norm in my Hispanic culture…through my education I can reach my aspirations….to make a change in my community through my involvement.  Through my acceptance I have broken down stereotypes and I hope to dismantle the oppression in society.”

Congratulations to Maria Dominguez, our March Youth of the Month!

Jazmin Quezada was the recipient this year of a brand new computer through the Computer Connections.  Awarded by Glenn Morris, SMVCC CEO, Jazmin was selected through her convincing essay.   

Congratulations Girls!

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