6 from Coronado among ‘Mayor’s 100 Teens’

       The recently announced Mayor's 100 Teens for 2010 includes six Coronado High School seniors.
       The annual program seeks nominees each spring from 9th to 11th grades who have records of service and achievement, have overcome obstacles, been good role models and have otherwise not been highly recognized. A committee of community members makes the final selections.
       “These 100 young men and women are truly an inspiration,” states Mayor Lionel Rivera on the city website (springsgov.com). “They make a positive impact on their friends, their families, and this entire community by being examples of what it means to live life to the fullest. Some are overcoming challenges, that you and I can only imagine, and all are excelling beyond expectation.”
       Below are capsules on the Coronado selectees, along with the life philosophy and number-one goal that each provided for the 100 Teens document.
  • Alex April works two jobs, volunteers on political and environmental issues, is an honor student, plays on the tennis team, and she is a member of the school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
           Life Philosophy: “To whom much is given, much is to be expected.”
           #1 Goal: “To become an environmental lawyer and help protect the integrity and energy of the planet.”
  • Audrey Baker had a mild form of dyslexia, but persisted to take accelerated classes in middle school. She is a summer docent at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, helps with her church, is a member of the Coronado Robotics team, active in the National Honor Society a member of the Coronado Community Partnership.
           Life Philosophy: “Live for the glory of God and be a servant for people who are in need.”
           #1 Goal: “Right now, my goal it is to finish high school and not drop out of college my freshman year.”
  • Chip Lane has earned an Eagle Scout award, helped the youth puppet ministry at his church, and volunteered more than 200 hours to Care and Share, fire mitigation, Silver Key and trail maintenance. At school, he keeps a “very respectable GPA” and participates in baseball and cross-country.
           Life Philosophy: “Be prepared, be on time, and honor others before yourself.”
           #1 Goal: “Attend and graduate from college. Always help other people.”
  • Samantha “Sammy” Lee has overcome heart issues she was born with - including having a pacemaker installed when she was 10 - to lead an active high school life. She competes in sports and has served as the stage manager for several recent productions by the school drama department. She also volunteers for Care and Share, the Ronald McDonald House, and for the Bob Telmosse Christmas Give-away.
           Life Philosophy: “No matter what happens, there's always tomorrow.”
           #1 Goal: “To become a registered nurse.”
  • Michael Mangin is the captain on the Coronado Mock Trial team. He also volunteers for First Lutheran Church, Care and Share, the Marian House Soup Kitchen and Nehemiah Ministries. According to his nominator, Coronado teacher Dan Hoff, “Michael is a hard working and successful student who will study all night to get an “A” on a test if that is his goal. He is always exceeding expectations.”
           Life Philosophy: “We as a people will get to the promised land.I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
           - Dr. Martin Luther King
           #1 Goal: “That [I] shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship…to assure the survival… of liberty.”
           - John F. Kennedy
  • Roya Mirhossaini has family in Iran, where she teaches English at a rural school, and has traveled through third-world countries. Her future plans are to enter the medical field and help people in need. At Coronado, she takes advanced placement classes, competes in soccer and swimming, and is a member of the FBLA, French National Honor Society, National German Honor Society and Invisible Children.
           Life Philosophy: “ “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
           #1 Goal: “To be successful in all of my endeavors and help people around the world.”

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