Alex Cortez was selected for the Youth Challenge Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lynwood, for his leadership skills, and Kyle Antel of Lake Stevens High School was chosen for his work in Environmental Service.
Every year Rotary of Lynwood recognizes exceptional students and select one outstanding student across six different categories including Creativity, Environmental Service, Community Service/Citizenship, Courage, Inspiration, Leadership, and Group. Every student nominated receives a commemorative certificate, and awards winners receive a plaque and a check for $200.
Alex Cortez, 9th Grader, Cavelero Mid High School
According to Principal Mike Snow, “Alex has displayed LEADERSHIP in and out of the school day - he lives it. In my 20 years of education rarely have I seen a student leader actually do what they said they would do during their campaign speech!”
His peers elected him their class president for 2011/12. In this role he advocates for students, participates in fundraisers, assists in morning announcements and often runs school assemblies. He does all this and at the same time maintains a very high GPA.
Cortez’s character and sense of ethics positively impacts Cavelero in positive ways day-in and day-out. His character and behavior carries him throughout the day, whether or not his peers are watching. He does not hesitate to step up and do the right thing when perhaps it may not be the “cool” thing to do – he’ll always step in to provide appropriate leadership. When a new student to Cavelero Mid High forgot his lunch money Cortez didn’t hesitate and gave the student the money needed and said, “Welcome to Cavelero.”
Principal Snow who nominated Alex for the award went on to say that he acts with integrity and courage that goes far beyond his years. He does what he says, is dependable, courageous and he has a natural sense of integrity. He has stepped up to make Cavelero a positive place to learn.
Kyle Antel, Senior, Lake Stevens High School
Antel received the Youth Challenge award for his work in Environmental Service.
Antel is a senior at LSHS and is the club Secretary for FFA and competes in Landscape Nursery and Floriculture contests across the state. He is a self-starter who completes tasks before moving on to the next project.
In his Eagle Scout project he is involved in the community and has applied what he has learned to create improvements to the grounds around the community center. Antel’s teacher shared that he is an outstanding young adult who works diligently and has a sincere desire to give back to the community.