Youth celebrated for giving back
El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition board members handed out Youth Star Awards Friday, celebrating students who’ve achieved success in the classroom and in the community.
On the Lakehills Covenant Church stage, 35 were given to young people who serve as shining examples — helping the homeless, mentoring youth, volunteering at community events and much more.
“It’s encouraging to see young people who are so dedicated to making a difference,” said Jan Wilcox, the Vision Coalition’s SNAP-Ed project coordinator. “That’s what we need in this world.”
Zachary Crozier, 11, gives his time to Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills and also served as Oak Ridge’s ball boy during the football season. “I like to volunteer,” he said. “I like to help the church and the team.”
Zachary attended the ceremony with parents David and Vicki Crozier.
Union Mine High School senior Frances Swickard brought parents Laura Washburn and Dale Beasley as her dates to the event. The 18-year-old volunteers with the El Dorado Arts Council, teaching children how to paint at events and working in the Placerville gallery.
“I believe art is a really important part of learning and I think it should be more prevalent in you people’s lives,” said Swickard, who plans to pursue an art degree, possibly in illustration.
Parental support was emphasized by both El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Myers and Vision Coalition Board of Directors President Roger Taylor, who led rounds of applause for parents. Without the support os parents, teachers, mentors and others, Myers said, these students couldn’t have reached this high level of success.
Event hosts DJ Peterson, coalition executive director, and Raeann Jones, coalition project coordinator, read the accomplishments of each Youth Star as board members handed out awards. Recipients also received a certificate from the offices of Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and Senator Ted Gaines.
Dinner was served by Foothill Grill, the culinary arts program at El Dorado High School. ROP students prepared vegetarian lasagna, salad, bread and a caramel brownie. Singers Chiemela Ohanale and Laura Grenke entertained.
El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition is a non-profit that supports youth programs that educate young people about the dangers of drinking alcohol, smoking and bullying. The coalition also supports mental health programs that serve youth as well as nutrition education. For more information visit edhvisioncoalition.org.
Youth Star Award recipients