La Habra High School Senior Carrera Vilaubi was named the “Thomas A. Sauer” Memorial Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra on January 29 at the La Habra Community Center.
The award is the highest honor any Boys & Girls Club member can achieve. Carrera will now compete at the Orange County level on March 27 with the Orange County winner being announced that evening.
“The Club is proud of Carrera, not just for earning the award, but how much she has accomplished during her nine years as a member and all of the hard work that she puts into her Club,” said Pat Favela, program director. “Carrera attends the Boys & Girls Clubs daily and is always looking to make a positive impact on our younger members.”
For earning the La Habra Youth of the Year honor, Carrera receives a $1,000 scholarship. The state winner will receive $10,000 and at the national level the award is $50,000.
Carrera is a Senior at La Habra High School and holds a 3.3 gpa and plans to attend either the University of Montana or Cal Berkeley.
“It has been really fun to see Carrera grow as a person, she has really become a great leader amongst her friends,” said Crystal Cisneros, teen services coordinator. “You can tell her friends respect her opinions.”
Other significant award winners were as follows; LHHS senior Diana Gonzalez was selected as the “Warren Kraft Character” Award Winner, Fellow LHHS senior Vincent Avelar was selected as the “Sportsmanship Award” winner and Freshman Jeffrey Perez earned the “Bill Graham Athlete of the Year” award. LHHS Senior Natasha Favela earned the Keystone award.
The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.
These deserving young people are recognized for service to their club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family.
According to Patrick Favela, the youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra.
For more information about Boys & Girls Club services, activities and programs, call the club at (562) 694-1805.
By Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal