Ten Orange County high school seniors who have spent hundreds of hours of their time on ambitious community service projects have won $5,000 college scholarships from the Disneyland Resort.
The selected students were surprised at their schools by a Disneyland Resort “prize patrol” team and honored at a dinner gala Wednesday at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
“Each year, I enjoy hearing about the tremendous achievements of our Disneyland Resort Scholarship recipients and I’m amazed by the exciting work they accomplish,” Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis said in a statement. “The special role they play in our local communities is invaluable, and the acts of leadership and commitment they’ve shown through their service is something we all are proud of.”
The Legends of China Presidential Pioneer Award for high school students were awarded at Mass with ten recipients, of this leadership award.
Awarded to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership initiative and have taken significant action as ambassadors of world peace.
Ten JSerra Students received recognition for their work with the Legends of China. Including Elizabeth Evers who is awarded the Superior Award for creating the winning 1st prize in high school category, silk banner, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program. The silk banner represents global peace and the connection between China and other countries through the silk road.
Courtney Avila, awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership to 500 top Chinese High School students, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.
Ashleigh Luschei also awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership inspiring students with disabilities that they can become leaders despite their obstacles, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.
Also recognized with the bronze medal honors are Riley Houser, Alexa McBride, Michael Salzle, Steven Summers, Savannah Luschei, Ian Farrell and Shanelle Bennet.
Legends of China is a non profit, non governmental organization that strives to build positive relationships between students from the United States and China. This past year, 10 JSerra students, as the pioneers, participated in the first Silk Road to the Future program for high schools.
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.
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.
Katie Matthews, JSerra senior attending Loyola Marymount this Fall has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, for having over 100 hours of community service in just one year.
Matthews received a a bronze medal for her outstanding work in over nine different charity organizations, national recognition and a hand written letter from President Obama, thanking Matthews for her hard work and giving heart.
“Thank you for your devotion to serve and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.” President Obama.
Matthews who is also involved in JSerra’s swim has had the privilage of swimming as a varsity competitor since her freshman year, and has continuosly been involved in JSerra’s Environmentality Club, and Race for the Cure, among numerous others.
JSerra along with President Obama and our surrounding community, congratulate and thank Katie for all her efforts and wish her the best at Loyola Marymount this fall.
JSerra Catholic High School junior Royce Cabrera has spent countless hours volunteering to help build homes, hospitals and schools in places as faraway as Mexico and Peru.
Like all JSerra students – who donated nearly 100,000 hours of community service this school year – Royce is committed to giving back.
The Orange County Register recently profiled his efforts.
When asked where he gets his drive from, Royce told the newspaper: “I don’t know where I get it from. I’m the first one in my family to have gone away for such a long period of time alone with no one I knew.”
To read more about Royce’s contributions, click here