Woodlake Awards: Marching To A Good Beat
Leticia Garcia is not your typical student. She accomplishes her goals without much recognition. Garcia is enthusiastic about Woodlake and very proud of her hometown. She is the daughter of Alfredo and Leonor Garcia.
She has been very actively involved in all types of clubs at Woodlake High School. She is a member of the Key Club, MAYA, AVID/CSF, Tiger Fusion, Band Council, Career Day Committee and Cross Country. Not only is she active in all these clubs she also holds an office in several of these clubs as well.
When Garcia is not in school, you can find her volunteering her time serving dinners, wrapping toys for toys for tots, collecting quarters for Kiwanis and change for UNICEF. She will even help at campus clean-ups and roadside clean-up.
Garcia believes it is something very special to be nominated as Youth of the Year for the City of Woodlake. She believes the award is a symbol of her being a role model for the community and for the youth of Woodlake.
With all the many activates that Garcia is involved in, she says she enjoys being very active and it is helping her build for her future.
“The time I do spend volunteering, it is with my friends which is what I consider fun times,” said Garcia.
Garcia’s activities do not stop there. She is also a three time State qualifier in Cross Country and a member of the Woodlake High School Marching band. Garcia received the Unsung Hero Award in marching band which goes to the student who is person behind the scenes that goes unnoticed. And that is just the way she likes things to go. Garcia would rather stay out of the spot light than be in it.
After high school she plans on going to peruse a career as a Neurologist and come back to the area to continue her services to the community she love.
“I would say being active right now has helped with practicing my time management,” said Garcia “And it helps me set my purities in everything I have to do in the future.”
Leticia Garcia was not the only Youth who received this award. Alberto Ponce has also received this award.
Ponce is a young man who lives by a saying “Run your race through the finish line. Don’t stop half way” and that is how he lives his life.
Just like Garcia, Ponce is a very active youth as well. The son of Margarito and Sandra Ponce is involved in Band, Theatre Arts, Youth and Government, ASDEC Dog training, Tiger Fusion and Interact Club.
Along with all he does at school he has also participating in the Central CA Model and Talent competition and has even signed a contract with an acting agency in Los Angeles.
Once he leaves Woodlake High School, Ponce would like to pursue a career as a Music teacher. He hopes to go to Fresno State where he has already performed with the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band.
Every year the Woodlake Tigers perform with several other high schools during halftime of a Fresno State football game along side with the Bulldogs Marching Band.
“That feeling of going on with so many other musicians and hearing the crowd cheering and excited for us was really exciting,” said Ponce.
Both Ponce and Garcia are very humbled in this award and are both looking forward to what the future holds for them.