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Girl Power

Thank you to Creative Planning for sponsoring a contest for high school leaders.  One female student leader was selected by their school to attend Evening with the STARS and participate in this year's program celebrating Empowered Women.


Bella Vista High School

Mairead McManusMairead McManus is the current Senior Class President.  She has been in student government for three years, working her way up from SB support to Class Vice-President to Class President.  As a class officer she has helped the senior class fundraise the large amount of dollars required to host their graduation on school campus this spring.  She is a conscientious student with a 3.8 GPA.  She is a four year member of the BV girls tennis team and a captain this year.  On her own time Mairead has competed in Irish Dance for 10+ years, frequently given group leader (captain) responsibilities.  In addition to being a Link Crew leader, Mairead regularly serves both our BV and local community in service projects, some with student government, but mostly on her own time.   

Del Campo High School

Victoria ManasyanVictoria Manasyan is a high achieving senior attending Del Campo High School. She is the CEO of the student-run nonprofit Kids Helping Kids Sacramento, where she manages a group of motivated juniors and seniors to hope to raise nearly $200,000 in the next year for children in need, both in our own community and globally. She is serving as both Secretary and Webmaster of Key Club, while also being a certified Conflict Mediator on campus. Victoria is a 4-year member and captain of Del Campo’s varsity Dance Team, as well as part of the high school Hip Hop Team. She works to instill her passion for dance in kids, through working as a coach at Fliptastic. All the while, she is a hardworking and diligent student, achieving the top grades in her class. By the end of her senior year, she will have taken a total of 9 AP classes.

El Camino High School

Maggie KaudererMaggie Kauderer is a Senior at El Camino Fundamental High School with plans to attend college in the Fall of 2019. For four years, Maggie has been a member of the ECHS Student Government. Junior year as the Community Service Coordinator, Maggie raised thousands of dollars for local charities while chairing the Hoops for Hope and WEAVE Run fundraisers. Maggie is an active member of the California Scholarship Federation, President of the Spanish Club and a member of the ECHS Mock Trial team, where she is honored to have won MVP two of her last three years. She is in her fourth year of participation as the designated youth member of the Parish Council for her Parish Church, Our Lady of the Assumption in Carmichael. Maggie’s hobbies include a love for theater arts, and she has been a member of the Young Professionals Conservatory at Sacramento Theatre Company. Not only has she performed in multiple musicals, she also co-chaired their annual fundraiser, Curtain’s UP. Curtains UP is an event that required her team to organize venue, food, silent auction and decorations along with scripting, casting and executing an hour-long showcase performance that included all youth programs and YPC members. Her experience at STC helped Maggie also place second in the annual Rotary Club speech contest. Maggie works as a reading tutor for 3 children and is the hostess at a local restaurant. She is very proud of her accomplishments to date stating that they have taught her invaluable leadership skills while realizing the importance of teamwork and humility.

Encina High School

Kara SaechaoKara Saechao is an eighth grader at Encina Preparatory (6-12) High school. She is an active member of Student Government. She has served as Class Treasurer for the past two years in representing her classes fundraising efforts. She is also a Lady Bulldog in the middle school sports programs playing both volleyball and soccer. While maintaining her busy schedule and being involved as a student leader, she helps in community service efforts all while maintaining a 3.5+ GPA.

Mesa Verde High School

Samantha Santoyo-GarciaSamantha Santoyo-Garcia is a senior at Mesa Verde High School and plans to attend a University to study physical therapy. During her four years at Mesa Verde, Samantha has been a member of Key Club, which is a international student- organization that emphasizes leadership, caring, inclusiveness, and character building. Samantha has also been a member of the CSF Club, which is an honor society that recognizes high academic achievers. Working with these two clubs, she has accumulated over 130 hours of community service. Being a Link Leader has provided Samantha another avenue to utilize her leadership skills. She has devoted many hours working with Freshman to help them have a successful start in high school. Her positive attitude and out-going personality has allowed her to be a wonderful mentor for the Freshman. Samantha has been the President, Vice President, and secretary of numerous clubs such as the Baking Club, International Club, and CSF. She has also represented Mesa Verde by joining the soccer and cross-country teams, where she was also the captain. Samantha took advantage of a Summer Writing Academy offered through American River College to improve her writing skills in preparation for college. Academically Samantha maintains a 3.8 GPA as she challenges herself by taking AP and honors courses.

Mira Loma High School

Sabrina BecerraSabrina Becerra is in a full IB Schedule except for Student Government with a 4.6 GPA. Sabrina Becerra is a senior at Mira Loma and hopes to attend a university and study Political Science.   She will be the first in her family to go to college.   She is a volunteer in the community for WEAVE, and this year she is the ASB President.

Rio Americano High School

Whitney WheelerWhitney Wheeler is a Senior at Rio Americano High School who hopes to end up at a beach school to start her college education in Fall of 2019. Her natural leadership abilities have taken her on some great adventures including being a Capital Athletic League Scholar Athlete, California Scholarship Federation Member and the President of the Class of 2019 freshmen, sophomore and junior years. She is currently the Rio Americano ASB President. Whitney's natural debating talent has led her to be a high points leader for her school's Speech and Debate Club for which she has been a Treasurer and now co-President. Because of these strengths and her way with people Whitney has been selected to be the Community Liason for her school to SJUSD, introduce speakers at the district's College Night, and been the student representative for WASC accreditation, among other honors. Her peers have nominated her every year for Homecoming Princess with her winning Freshmen year. Her teachers have selected her to be Department Award Winner for Excellence in AP Language Composition and AP US History. And Whitney's love of kids and giving back to her community has seen her volunteer over 500 hours and secure jobs as a Volleyball and Track Coach and Camp Leader for Mission Oaks Recreation & Parks District. Whitney is also a multi-media story-teller, creating her own website:

San Juan High School

Juana ArellanoJuana Arellano is a college-bound student at San Juan High School who will be first in her family to graduate high school and attend four-year college. She is in the AVID program and has been for five years, maintaining a 3.7 grade point average. She hopes to major in nursing or social work, wanting a profession where she can have a direct impact on her community.  She is involved in the Bakery career pathway, engaging in many competitions, learning about working in the community, time management, collaboration and business. She speaks English as a second language, often tutoring other students in Spanish, but also is so strong in her English that she is taking AP Literature this year.  A leader and a role model, Juana also engages in various community service projects from tutoring to helping run Sunday school at her church for children with disabilities.