National Charity League recognizes outstanding seniors

Seventeen National Charity League volunteers were recognized for outstanding volunteerism.

The San Bernardino Chapter of National Charity League recently held its annual senior recognition evening to honor 17 high school seniors. The League is a non-profit organization of mothers and daughters who participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work.

This year the chapter honored a number of young women, including the following Highland residents:

• Synthia Alanis of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Manuel and Amelia Alanis. She earned the Mission Bell Award, Hour Glass Award, Mother/Daughter Award and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She also received one of two National Charity League Sustainer Scholarships for high achievement during her years with the League. The Childhood Cancer Foundation is Synthia’s favorite charity. She will attend California Baptist University to be a Nurse Anesthetist.

• Gabrielle Aldern of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Joseph and Laurie Aldern. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She also received the Summer Austin Memorial Scholarship by the National Charity League Sustainers for high achievement. Gabrielle enjoyed volunteering many hours with the Childhood Cancer Foundation. She will attend UC Berkeley pursuing a doctorate in anthropology.

• Carissa Almendarez of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Jerry and Monique Almendarez. She earned the Mission Bell Award and Hour Glass Award and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She also received a National Charity League Sustainer Scholarships. The Childhood Cancer Foundation and Santa Claus Inc. are Carissa’s favorite charities. She will attend New York University majoring in Communications.

• Lindsy Blake of Redlands East Valley High School is the niece of Harold and Kelle Vollkommer. She earned the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Her favorite charity is the Ronald McDonald House. Lindsy plans on attending Whittier College where she can continue swimming and earn her Bachelor’s Degree.

• Carlie Burnell of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Christopher and Lisa Burnell. Carlie has enjoyed the Childhood Cancer Foundation and making crafts with the children who are in the hospital. She plans on attending college and pursuing a degree in psychology.

• Lindsay deKorne’ of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Glen and Lisa deKorne’. She earned the Mission Bell Award, Hour Glass Award and the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Lindsay has enjoyed being part of Childhood Cancer Foundation, Santa Claus Inc. and Ronald McDonald House. She plans to attend Cal State Fullerton.

• Holly Franco of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Vince and Kelly Franco. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Holly enjoyed volunteering at the Center for Individual Development, Micah House and Angels Closet. She will attend Cal State Fullerton pursuing a degree in Film Studies.

• Deanna Ginter of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Robert and Angela Ginter. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Deanna enjoyed volunteering at Santa Claus Inc., Ronald McDonald House and Thompson Elementary School. She will attend Concordia Universityto pursue a degree in Marketing and a minor in Biblical Studies.

• Stephanie Haldorsen of Aquinas High School is the daughter of Tom and Mia Haldorsen. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She volunteered for the Childhood Cancer Foundation. Stephanie will attend University of Redlands for a degree in Communicative Disorders.

• Allison Johnson of Citrus Valley High School is the daughter of Brent and Charis Johnson. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Allison enjoyed serving Santa Claus, Inc. She will attend California Baptist College in Riverside to pursue a career as a wedding planner.

• Zoë Klopfer of Highland, attends Citrus Valley High School and is the daughter of Rick and Elena Klopfer. She earned the Hour Glass Award, Mother/Daughter Award and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Zoë’s favorite charity is the Childhood Cancer Foundation, from which she received an Award of Merit. She plans on attending Orange Coast College and major in Zoology.

• Chelsea Leyvas of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Mike and Laura Leyvas. She earned the Mission Bell Award, Hour Glass Awards, Mother/ Daughter Awards and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Chelsea’s favorite charity was Santa Claus, Inc. She will attend Concordia University pursuing major in Education to become an elementary school teacher.

• Nicole Lipschultz of Citrus Valley High School is the daughter of Troy and Tricia Lipschultz. She volunteered for the Childhood Cancer Foundation. Nicole will attend University of Southern California to pursue a career as an Orthodontist.

• Karlee Perez of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Carlos and Diane Perez. She earned the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Karlee’s favorite charity was the Childhood Cancer Foundation. She will attend Kansas Wesleyan University to pursue a major in Biology and Political Science.

• Alexis Wieseler of Redlands East Valley High School is the daughter of Dave and Jill Wieseler. She earned the Mission Bell Award, Hour Glass Award and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Alexis’ favorite NCL activity was decorating Easter Eggs for the local convalescent homes. She plans on attending UC San Diego to pursue a career in Sports Medicine.

• Haley Yzaguirre attends Citrus Valley High School and is the daughter of Rick and Gina Yzaguirre. She earned the Hour Glass Award, the NCL President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Haley’s favorite philanthropic activity was to knit baby hats for local hospitals. She plans on attending college to pursue a career in pediatric Oncology.

Also honored were:

• Madison Edwards of Redlands, attends Redlands East Valley High School and is the daughter of Daniel and Katherine Edwards. She earned the Hour Glass Award, the Merci Award for most volunteer hours in one year (1,728 hours) and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award.. Madison enjoyed her many volunteer hours at Santa Claus Inc. Madison plans on attending Pomona College or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue a career as a Biochemist.

• ErnestinaVasquez of San Bernardino, attends Cajon High School and is the daughter of Maria Vasquez. She earned the Hour Glass Award and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Ernestina's favorite charity was Santa Claus Inc. She plans on attending New York University to pursue a career in Forensic Anthropology and Literature.

Established in 1959, the San Bernardino Chapter serves a variety of philanthropic organizations. Last year the mothers and daughters donated nearly 12,000 hours to our local communities. The group also raised over $8,000 to give away in scholarships to the San Bernardino City Unified School District students. The chapter is ranked fourth in the state and fifth in the country with regard to total hours volunteered.

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