CARPINTERIA, Calif. -- The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Junior Carpinterian of the Year on Monday afternoon.
Lucia Alarcon was named the 2020 Junior Carpinterian of the Year.
Laura Flores from Carpinteria High School and Luke Williams from Bishop Diego High School were the finalists.
Alarcon will receive a $4,000 scholarship and Laura Flores and Luke Williams will each receive $1,500 scholarships.
“The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding seniors for their leadership abilities and special contributions to their school, to Carpinteria and beyond. While academic standing is important, community and school involvement are usually the deciding factor," said Joyce Donaldson, COO and Carpinteria Liaison of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Alarcon is a 4.5 GPA student and is the captain of her cheerleading team and Track & Field. She the Senior Class President at her school.
Flores is a 4.5 GPA student and is the Vice President of the school and a cheerleader. She has also received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Williams is a 4.83 GPA student and is the team Captain of his Tennis team along with being in track and soccer where he is the MVP. He received President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award and is part of the Boy Scouts of America.
Congressman Salud Carbajal, 1st District Supervisor Das Williams and Mayor Wade Nomura were among the elected officials on hand to congratulate the honorees with Resolutions and Certificates of Recognition.
“The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is proud to bestow this support to these incredibly deserving students,” said Kristen Miller, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “This past year we have seen such hardship due to the pandemic and this celebration of these students’ accomplishment is a shining light for the bright future ahead.”
The Chamber will also honor the students at the 63rd Carpinteria Community Awards event on October 23 at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The 2021 Community Awards Gala will honor the Carpinterian of The Year, Jr. Carpinterian of the Year, two Jr. Carpinterian Scholarship Finalists, two Teachers of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Ambassador of the year.
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