SGMHS Announces Christian Service Award Recipient for 2013
by Jo Anne Disney
April 18, 2013 • 396 views
San Gabriel Mission High School is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Christian Service Award is senior Gabriela Quintana. Ms. Quintana has actively made a difference in her community by volunteering at Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP) as well as Dolores Mission, both located in Boyle Heights. It all started at a young age when she began helping her mother who used to work at GHP. Ms. Quintana helped serve food to the homeless and pass out towels to those waiting to shower.
Ms. Quintana was presented with the Christian Services Award at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on March 19, 2013. According to Christy Aneja, the Christian Service Coordinator at San Gabriel Mission High School, “there were 3 other students who exceeded their service hours and attended the awards ceremony to support their fellow Lady Pioneer: Alyssa Lamas, Nancy Mattazaro, and Jackie Abing.” Ms. Quintana completed 743 service hours during her 4 years as SGMHS. The combined service hours given by the 4 students totaled 2,048!
According to Ms. Raquel Cagigas, Assistant Principal and Dean of Student Life, “Gabriela was our choice hands down and really not because of the hours, but because of the depth of her service and the integrity of her calling to help those who nurtured her growth as a woman of character.”
Among her many service hours, Ms. Quintana also helped disabled students with catechism classes at Dolores Mission as well as being a volunteer at LA Voice Pico. LA Voice Pico serves the needs of the community and discourages gang violence with summer programs for young children.
Ms. Quintana comes from a single parent family with 7 children; she has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She considers her mom to be her role model. Ms. Quintana explained that since her family has received help, she wanted to repay the community for their assistance. She feels that it is a way for her to get closer to her faith and it makes her feel good to help others. Ms. Quintana plans on becoming a social worker or an immigration attorney.