Youth and Volunteer Award Winners Named
Each year the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council (RPTC) presents a Volunteer of the Year Award to an outstanding community volunteer and Youth Community Service Awards to local students whose volunteer efforts benefit their school and the community. This year’s awardees were recognized with special certificates at the annual PQ Fiesta in May.
The 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Joe Manley, who has spent many years volunteering for youth in the community through sports. Since 2009, Joe has volunteered as a coach and served in various other roles with the Rancho Family YMCA, PQ Rec Soccer, Rancho Peñasquitos Pop Warner, PQ Girls Softball Association, and Rancho Peñasquitos Little League. He is currently a board member of Rancho Peñasquitos Basketball, trains and coaches a travel baseball team for HBA Sports Academy, and volunteers for NFL Flag Football in Poway. He also helps with the October Festival and Winter Wonderland each year. Joe has three children – Javier, Alyssa, and Joseph – and enjoys being a positive role model to boys and girls in the community. As the 2018 recipient, his name was added to the Volunteer of the Year rock at Hilltop Community Park.
The Youth Community Service Award recognizes graduating students in fifth, eighth, and 12th grade from each school in 92129. This year’s winners included: Hailey Wilson (Adobe Bluffs), Zoey Lestyk (Deer Canyon), Maile Korporaal (Los Peñasquitos), Abby Siu (Park Village), Reese Cicchelli (Rolling Hills), Sadhika Kumar (Sundance), Tessa Russell (Sunset Hills), Ella Godun (Black Mountain), Alexis Chen (Westview), and Liam Fowler (Westview). There were no entries from Canyon View Elementary, Mesa Verde Middle, or Mt. Carmel High School. Elementary students received $100 scholarships, middle school students received a $250 scholarship, and high school students received a $500 scholarship. Learn more at www.rpcouncil.com.