2013-2014 Leadership and Service Awards Announced

This is the first year these awards have been given out by the CVHS Foundation. The awards are for students, one from each grade, who have demonstrated either outstanding leadership or outstanding service – a total of 8 awards.

Outstanding Leadership Awards

Grade 9: Daniel Hannah
Daniel was nominated for his outstanding leadership in Boys Scouts and at his church. Daniel is President of his scout troop and was selected to join an elite order of the Scouts called the Tribe of Tahquitz. In his church Daniel has held a number of leadership positions. He considers himself a leader not a follower.

Grade 10: Andrew Richmond
Andrew is a co-captain of the Sophomore Boys’ Basketball Team here at Capo. This school year he started a Christian club on campus called “Truth Be Told.” In additional to his leadership roles, Andrew is a selfless volunteer. He was involved in a 100 hour service project for Hope Worldwide. He has also volunteered on mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras.

Grade 11: Sarina Rubin
Sarina started the “One World Green Club” at Capo. This year through a fundraiser and donations the Club purchased over 1,100 acres of rainforest in Peru in honor of Capistrano Valley High School. Sarina is also a volunteer with Safe Rides run through Mission Hospital and works at a local food bank in Mission Viejo.

Grade 12 – Alexandra Ramirez
Alexandra received two nominations. She was nominated by the coach of the girls Varisty Lacrosse Team. Alli is team captain and led her team to a perfect 12 – 0 winning streak this season. In 2012 Alli’s 9 year old brother Parker died unexpectedly. Alli helped established the Parker James Ramirez Memorial Foundation. As a director of the Foundation Alli helped organize a golf tournament and luncheon in Parker’s honor that raised $30,000. The Foundation gives back to the community that Parker was a part of – installing sunshades at the Mission Viejo Youth Athletic Fields, and providing supplies and aid to students at Castille Elementary School where Parker attended.

Outstanding Service Awards

Grade 9 – Jacob Umans
Jacob has been volunteering in the community since he was in 4th grade. He is active in the Challenger Baseball League where helps disabled kids play baseball. His most meaningful role is as “grandfriend” to residents of Heritage Pointe in Mission Viejo where he spends time every week with seniors – playing piano, listening to their stories and helping coordinate a Broadway musical program.

Grade 10 – Alisha Nagarkar
Alisha received two separate nominations. At Capo she is a member of the ASB Sophomore Class Council. Alisa is also a teen volunteer at Mission Viejo Library where she has been part of the Summer Reading Program for 2 years, and also is involved in Mission Viejo Reader’s Festival and Writers Present Program.

Grade 11 – Stephanie Lowery
Stephanie’s passion is working with children with disabilities. While volunteering as camp counselor with Special Camp for Special Kids she discovered the camp was funded largely through donations. Wanting to help even more, she founded a club here at Capo – Special Club for Special Kids – raising money for student scholarships at the camp. Stephanie is also a volunteer with “Lion’s Heart: Teens Giving Back” and Operation Christmas Child. She plans to travel to Guatemala and Mexico this summer on a mission trip.

Grade 12 – Madison Breshears
Madison is a 7 year volunteer with Assist Teens of Saddleback Valley. During that time she has worked with many local organizations – too many too mention – including Adopt A Family, Senior Outreach, Operation Baby Love, and Komen Walk for the Cure and Foster Home Outreach. Congratulations to Madison.

On behalf of the CVHS Foundation I would like to congratulate all of the winners. I encourage the community to consider nominating a Capo student for the awards next year.