Courtney Avila Touches Hearts Near and Far

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Courtney Avila (right) lending a shoulder

For many high school students, current events amount to nothing more than dating gossip and voting for prom king and queens. Volunteering can often be something that simply helps make a college application more impressive.

Not so for 17-year-old Courtney Avila, a JSerra Catholic High School senior.

Inspired by her brother, stricken with mitochondrial disease, Avila has been volunteering since she was 10-years-old at Special Camp for Special Kids in San Juan Capistrano, where she works with physically and mentally disabled children.  On the other side of the generational spectrum, Courtney plays bingo once a month at the Del Obispo Terrace senior living center.

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