Young women of the month honored
Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe honored Ingrid Manzano of Whittell High School and Jessica Urreaga of South Tahoe High School as May Young Women of the Month. Pam Lusby and Anita Vieites presented the awards during the weekly luncheon meeting of the business and professional women’s organization at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
Manzano, daughter of Maria Angeles de Manzano of Stateline, was chosen to receive the award based on her dedication and determination to succeed. Whittell English teacher Maxine Atherton said, ” Her work shows preparation, attention to detail and thoughtful analysis. Ingrid is truly bilingual and speaks English and Spanish without an accent.”
While working 40 hours per week, Manzano is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a grade point average of 3.68 out of a possible score of 4.00. She has served her school as yearbook editor, member of Leadership Class, sophomore class treasurer, French Club vice president and she plays clarinet in the advanced band. A four-year member of the basketball team, Manzano was honored with the Coach’s Award this season. After school she tutors underclassmen, volunteers at a day care center and is involved with the church. She is employed by Caesars Tahoe in the guest services department.
Manzano said of her future, “I will be the first in my family to have the privilege of attending a four-year university.” She plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall to major in biology or psychology.
Urreaga, daughter of Alex and Maria Urreaga of South Lake Tahoe, was recognized as Young Woman of the Month for her school leadership and academic achievement. She is a member of Leadership Class, S Club and SMILE, a peer support group. This year she served as rally commissioner and a yearbook editor. She has played all four years for the Vikings girls volleyball team and was named to First Team, All Region her junior and senior years.
Spanish teacher Ms. Lannen said of Urreaga, “She is trilingual and very interested in the world. She strives for accuracy and excellence in her work and wants to know how to improve.” Urreaga maintains a 4.17 grade point average, while taking a rigorous course of college preparatory classes including advanced placement classes. Outside school she works as a hostess for Lake Tahoe Pizza Company.
Urreaga’s future plans include a trip this summer to her parents’ hometown, Pamplona, Spain. Upon her return she will attend the University of California, Los Angeles next fall. She plans to major in international relations or international business with a minor in Spanish.