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Taylor Caldwell and Jocelyn Gutierrez were recognized as the leaders among leaders at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop’s Youth of the Year Celebration recently at Chez Shari.
They earned the club’s top honor at their respective sites.
Caldwell, who is an eighth-grade student at Lathrop Elementary School, has been a member of the Lathrop Boys & Girls Club for the past four years.
“I was surprised when they told me I was Youth of the Year,” she said.
Ditto that for Gutierrez upon learning that she was named Youth of the Year at the Manteca site.
The sophomore at Sierra High and a club member for the past six years was also recognized for her willingness to help out her fellow members.
“I like to see others succeed,” Gutierrez said. “It makes me happy.”
Paul Cruz, Andrea Lemus and Ellianna Jasso were the Junior Leadership Award winners.
Cruz and Lemus earned that honor at the Lathrop site while Jasso, who also claimed the Torch Club Leadership Award, was the Manteca recipient.
Other award winners included:
Lathrop – Carter Acoba-Pascua, Athlete of the Year; Alexander Fierros, Academic Excellence; Elliot Mobley, Social Recreation Member of the Year; Elijah Mobley, Torch Club Leadership; Brandon Martinez, Sportsmanship Member of the Year.
Manteca – Jacob Camara, Athlete of the Year; Bella Martinelli, Academic Excellence; Olivia Godsoe, Junior Social Recreation Member of the Year; Roxanna Cruz, Martial Artist of the Year; Jesse Bledsoe-Conway, the Kathy Aartman Artist of the Year; Jackson Wright, Teen Leadership Award; Kailee Lencioni, Dreamer Keystone Club Leader of the Year.
The annual event at the Manteca Park Golf Course facility also featured club Vice President Krista DeBrie welcoming those in attendance, Cruz doing a martial arts demonstration, and Trayana Davis, Andrea Lemus, Brandon Martinez, and Elliot and Elijah Mobley performing a dance routine on behalf of the Lathrop site.
Manteca Mayor Steve DeBrum, in addition, provided the invocation while Director of Operations Mark McCool served as the emcee for the event.