The City of Lindsay had a tough choice a head of them to decide who would be named Youth of the Year. With three extremely strong candidates to chose from it was hard to give it to just one of them, so the city went with all three of them. Megan Salinas, Christina Castro, and Marissa Knutson were named as the Youth of the Year for 2013 for all that they have done for the community they love so much.
Megan who is a star athlete on the Cardinals basketball team is extremely honored to be named as Youth of the Year.
“I was excited, overwhelmed,” said Salinas when she found out that she would be receiving this honor. “It was a good feeling.”
Salinas has been putting countless hours back into the community that has given her so much support over the years. Last basketball season the Lady Cardinals won their first Valley Championship in program history, and on top of long hours at basketball practice and the time she spends doing her school work, Salinas found time to put in hours of community service.
“It is the benefit of knowing that it is going to help someone else, and it gives me that boost to help as much as I do,” said Salinas.
One of the big projects that Salinas was a part of was the restoration of the Olive Bowl complex. This was just one of the many projects that Salinas has been involved in throughout the year while still maintaining her high grade point average in school and working hard in practice for sports.
Marissa has been paving the way for future youth of Lindsay not only in sports but also with in the community. On the golf course Knutson has worked hard to become one of if not the greatest female golfers to come out of Lindsay high school. But where she really excelled was her work in the community this past year.
“Whenever I was growing up, I remember having a really great childhood and I want other kids to have a really great child hood,” said Knutson. “This is why I help out with the police station when they handed out toys during Christmas.”
Knutson remembers being privileged enough to get toys for Christmas when she was growing up and she wanted to be able to bring joy and happiness to those who may not have had the privileges she had growing up.
Marissa says she helps the community any way she can, not for the recognition but to make the community better for tomorrow’s youth.
“I was really thank full that people know who I am and the work that I have done,” said Knutson.
Christina Castro has been dominate on the basketball court and also in the classroom. But where she really wants to be dominate is out in her community. Castro has given back to the youth of the community by helping out in the elementary schools in Lindsay. She did not know at the time that she was making an impact on the students until she received a letter from one of the students.
”It said that I inspired this girl to join basketball. So right there I knew I had become a role model,” said Castro. “I want to set the path and have kids go on to be good in school and always try your best just like I did.”
Castro fills confident that she has set the foundation for future generations to strive to be better than she was while she was a student of Lindsay Unified School District.