FORT BRAGG – Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg and Soroptimist International Noyo Sunrise, in a virtual ceremony, presented the following awards on April 25 to outstanding citizens of the Mendocino Coast:
Veronica Stevenson-Fryer is Soroptimist Fort Bragg’s Live Your Dream recipient. The Live Your Dream Award, formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Award, helps women who provide the primary source of financial support to their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and career prospects. ’employment.
Stevenson-Fryer is currently taking compulsory courses at Mendocino College with Straight As. She plans to major in psychology and the administration of justice. Stevenson-Fryer will transfer to a four-year college when she receives her AA
Brittany Platt is the winner of Live Your Dream from Noyo Sunrise. A native of Fort Bragg, she is continuing her training as a medical laboratory technician and is enrolled in an online program at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She will be finishing her studies in May 2022. It is very important for her to show her daughter that hard work can help you make your dreams come true.
Soroptimist of Noyo Sunrise is pleased to nominate Alani Yanez for her 2021 Violet Richardson Award for Service. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 18 who make the community and the world a better place through their volunteer efforts in the community. Yanez was also awarded the Fort Bragg scholarship.
Daniella Aguirre Puerto is the recipient of the Fort Bragg Violet Richardson Award. She says she has always loved animals for as long as she can remember. Her main volunteer work is at the local animal shelter. She recognized early on that the organization’s goal was not only to get animals adopted, but also to help non-adopted animals have human interaction. She thinks volunteering is an amazing experience because of the life she is able to give to animals that have not been treated with love.
The winner of the Soroptimist of Noyo Sunrise Ruby Award is Ulani Moore-Wesley, well known on the Mendocino Coast. The Ruby Award recognizes a local woman who has made outstanding achievements in professional, business or volunteer fields that improve the lives of women and girls.
Moore-Wesley has made a difference in many lives; especially women. She realized her ability to empower women as an elementary school mom and asked moms to listen and share. Moore-Wesley said she sees people as a procession of teachers coming in and out of her life. Just as she helps them piece together their shattered life, they help her and allow her to manage her own life. Everyone is automatically part of their tribe.
Moore-Wesley is known for dancing and teaching the hula. Noyo Sunrise Soroptimist will donate on his behalf to Fortunate Farm, which donates food to First Nations residents and low-income families
Lily Jung received the Noyo Sunrise Academic Fellowship. Jung plans to attend Mills College as part of the 3 + 2 engineering program partnership with UC Berkeley in the fall. This summer, she was offered admission to the Hellman Summer Program in Science and Mathematics. While attending Mendocino High School, Jung was active in student council, athletics, and the Interact club. Additionally, in 2019, Jung traveled to Puerto Rico with the Mendocino Presbyterian Church to help rebuild a neighborhood after Hurricane Maria.
Ingrid Amaya is very active in her church. “Young women my age from my lectures, friends and family helped me create what is now called the Un Dia Y Una Mujer Movement. She will be the first high school graduate in her family. She also hopes to travel and explore different cultures, religions and lifestyles that are outside of her comfort zone. She works two jobs, one helping her mother clean rooms and organize schedules.
Jersey Tager was awarded the Sharon Handelin Business Scholarship. During the pandemic, Tager volunteered to take in puppies and is very active in the local FFA chapter. She raises market pigs, attends conference competitions and represents her chapter at regional and national conferences. She will be attending junior college in fall 2021. She has listed marketing, agricultural education, animal science as majors or careers she is considering.
Anahi Huerta received the Carol Millsap / State Farm Vocational Award / Huerta has been accepted to Holy Names University for fall 2021. She is very interested in obtaining her nursing degree. Huerta works at the Gulch Inn brewery in Mendocino. The part of the nursing program that interests him most is pediatric nursing. When she graduates, she wants to become a travel nurse and work around the world.
The Fort Bragg Continuing Education Award recognizes a former scholar who has completed and will continue their educational journey. This year’s recipient is Jade Naulty, who is currently enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences with a major in Biology. She is a first generation student. Naulty studied at University College London, Queen Square Institute of Neurology, in the summer of 2019. She is expected to graduate a year earlier than expected; she will have a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in theology. She will be taking a year off to complete a medical internship in Dublin, Ireland for the fall of 2021 to obtain international healthcare. This program will allow him to apply for residency in the United Kingdom and in the European Union.