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Youth of the Year Celebration

The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos Recognizes Achievement and Dedication

The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos (BGCSM) was proud to recognize two outstanding young club members at the recent Youth of the Year Celebration. The Youth of the Year title is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can achieve, and it recognizes the member’s contributions to their families, schools, communities, and the club itself.

The 2015 Teen Youth of the Year is Maite Soriano. She has been a member of the BGCSM for 12 years and currently attends the club’s Teen Center. She has served as president of the Torch Club and vice-president of the Keystone Club, as well as completing over 300 hours of community service. “Through the club I found something that I now enjoy doing, which is giving back to my community,” shared Maite. She aspires to a career in law enforcement and has been offered an internship with the Escondido Police Department in addition to her acceptances to universities including California State University San Marcos and California State University East Bay.

Eleven-year-old Ariel Lopez was honored as the 2015 Junior Youth of the Year. A high-achieving student at Woodland Park Elementary School, Ariel has been an active member of the BGCSM since 2014 and believes the club has given her the confidence to come out of her shell and achieve her goals. Her current career goal is to become a pediatrician – on the way, she wants to earn an athletic scholarship for softball and attend Stanford University.

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