Congratulations to the 2015 Outstanding Service & Leadership Award Winners!

Winners CVHS Foundation Awards for Outstanding Service and Outstanding Leadership, 2015

This is the second year of the awards and the Foundation received many impressive nominations. Winners were selected by a committee comprising Trish Kelley, former Mayor of Mission Viejo, Carol Bennett, former CVHS PTSA President, and Perry Hamilton, Youth Minister from Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo.

Leadership Awards

Leila Salem – year 9

Leila has been active in Mission Viejo Library Summer Reading Program. She is a blogger for the Mission Viejo Teen Voice blog and has contributed 21 posts. She volunteered as a counselor- in-training with Outta Bounds, an after school program and was invited to join the Outta Bounds Student Advisory Council to help set up activities and field trips for this summer.

Emily Garreton – grade 10

Emily is a member of the National Charity League and is a very active Girl Scout. She is self-motivated, responsible and diligent and is always polite and responsive to her supervisors, peers, and charity clients. She is truly motivated to make a difference in the world.

Erica Stoll – grade 11

Wanting to share her love of basketball with special needs children Erica Stoll set up a Mission Viejo chapter of Buddy Basketball, a program providing one on one basketball coaching to special needs kids. Children like Brad Arndt a 9 year old boy with special needs in thriving in the program that Erica has started.

Blake Berk – grade 12

Blake Berk is president of the National Honors Society at Capo. He is in charge of all members and all club activities. He is a leader who constantly demonstrates the four pillars of NHS – character, leadership, service and scholarship. He’s also captain of the school’s lacrosse team – and has been for three years.

Service Awards

Michelle Liu – year 9

Michelle volunteers at the Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine and at the Garden Grove Regional Library Summer Reading Program. She is president and founder of the Music to Heal Club, a school club that plays music at senior centers.

Zackery Rayner – year 10

Zackary has logged over 120 hours of service with Lion’s Heart – a national non-profit community service organization for teen volunteers. He’s volunteered at local food banks, a Special Olympics basketball tournament, Relay For Life and Grandparents Autism Network. Zackary also organized two local clean up events in Mission Viejo – at Pacific Hills Park and at Castille Elementary.

Matthew Maxson – year 11

Matthew volunteered with the Orange County Registrar’s Office as student clerk during the November Election. He’s involved in Model United Nations and helped organize Capo’s MUN Conference. And, he serves as Treasurer of the Make-a-Wish school club.

Caroline Kravitz – year 12

Caroline is a young woman who truly believes in paying it forward. While at Capo she has volunteered well over 1,000 hours. The list of organizations she’s been involved in is impressive.  One of her major projects is “Making Room for Success” which is her initiative to improve homeless education. She’s working to create a tutoring center at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa and plans to extend the program throughout Southern California.

The CVHS Foundation congratulates all our winners!