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Every year, Soroptimist International Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino honors female senior high school students who volunteer with the Veronica Thee Service Award. This year, four local teens received the distinction and a monetary award, including a donation to their volunteer organizations.
The first-place recipient was Arianna Gomez of Ramona Covent Secondary School. Arianna volunteered with Building Healthy Communities in Boyle Heights. The organization “addresses challenges like access to affordable health care, quality education and punitive discipline practices, and the need for additional support for youth and their families.”
The second-place recipient was Isabelle Mix-Vachon, also a student at Ramona Convent Secondary School. She volunteered with Union Station Homeless Services, which provides homeless shelter services, housing, and family programs in the San Gabriel Valley.
Two recipients of the Veronica Thee Service Awards tied for third place. Hritika Chaturvedi, a student at San Gabriel High School, donated her time to the Alzheimer’s Association CA Southland Chapter. The organization fights to end the disease and provides research and advocacy. June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Milan Cambon Ledesma, from Alhambra High School, volunteered with the Environmental Resource Awareness Society at her school. ERAS hosts the school’s annual Eco Fair.
A celebration was held on Zoom. Members of Soroptimist, school representatives, and family members were in attendance, including Camino Real Region Gov. Lola Abrahamian and Becky Cheng, district director to U.S. Rep. Judy Chu. The Veronica Thee Service Award is named after a former member of Soroptimist who passed away in 2013. Ms. Thee was a member of the Soroptimist Alhambra for over 40 years. She enjoyed attending meetings, making friends, and making a difference.
To learn more about Soroptimist Alhambra or becoming a member, visit www.soroptimistalhambra.org.