Youth Day committee awards four scholarships

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By Teresa Pisani Special to the Express On June 2 Winters High School held their Senior Awards Ceremony and Winters Youth Day awarded four deserving recipients with a $500 scholarship for community service. The scholarship winners were Victoria Banuelos, Karina Del Toro, Mallory Layne and Katie Pelletier. Banuelos participated in clubs, sports, cheer, youth group, Associated Student Body (ASB) and volunteering. She relied on her hobbies of embroidery, yoga, and journaling to get through the pandemic. Banuelos plans to attend Sacramento State University in the fall and major in nursing. Del Toro participated in ASB, clubs and volunteering. The pandemic was a challenge for her but she learned how to find balance in her life and it turned out to be a positive time. Del Toro plans to attend UC Santa Barbara in the fall and get a degree in law to help those who are struggling with the injustice of our system. Layne participated in sports, clubs and volunteering. The loss of socializing and not being around her large family was the hardest for her during the pandemic. The effort her teachers made and the support they gave her helped make that time easier. Layne plans to attend Barnard College in New York City in the fall and while there, will decide if her major will be in the medical field as a physician or as a book publisher. Pelletier participated in choir, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and volunteering. The pandemic was not easy for her and taught her the importance to never take the time spent with others for granted. Pelletier plans to attend Charleston Southern University in South Carolina in the fall to study music therapy. Youth Day was canceled the last two years due to COVID and because of that, the Youth Day Committee felt it was important to help the youth in some way so they decided to give out scholarships. Youth Day will be back in 2022 stronger than ever. Visit the website at and follow them on Facebook to find out what is happening.

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