Soroptimist honors young women with awards – The Vacaville Reporter

Soroptimist International of Vacaville is honored as part of Women’s History Month
four young women for their dreams, commitment and determination via Zoom during the March 15 meeting, including one selected to compete at the regional level.

Amada Madrigal not only won the first prize of $2,000 in Live Your Dream
program through the Vacaville Club, as a District II winner, she will advance to the founding region level where she could earn an additional $5,000. Should she continue as a finalist in the Soroptimist International of the Americans competition, she could earn another $10,000.

Amada Madrigal (Photo courtesy Soroptimist International of Vacaville)

The Vacaville Club voted to send her to the Founders Region Conference in Hawaii April 29-May 1, where she will be honored for her award.

The Live Your Dream Award supports women who run the household, often with young children, and are still trying to get their education so they can secure better jobs.

Madrigal is a mother of two children aged 2 and 7 and is studying human services
Solano Community College, with a goal to become an educator. She is part of a program that provides food and clothing to those in need. As a former foster child, she was driven to change her life path. Her mentors describe her as creative, a leader and one who can adapt spontaneously to any situation.

April Munguia (photo courtesy Soroptimist International of Vacaville)

April Munguia is the runner-up and earns $1,000. The single mother is training to become a registered nurse and would like to become a nurse later. She is the first generation in her family to go to college. She receives hands-on training at clinical sites and practices bedside nursing.

Leslie Maldonado (photo courtesy Soroptimist International of Vacaville)

Leslie Maldonado is the third place finisher and earns $1,000. As a single mother, she works in a children’s dentist’s office and attends Solano Community College with the goal of becoming a dental anesthesiologist.

A Vacaville High School student, Caitlyn Gonzales, was selected as this year’s Violet Richardson Award recipient for outstanding leadership and community service.

Caitlyn started a women’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Vacaville High to encourage women to focus on STEM careers. She is actively involved in the Team Vacaville Buddy Program and the Vacaville High Community Tutoring Program. She is also currently reigning as Miss Teen Fiesta for 2021-22.

Caitlyn received $1,500 for her award and will donate an additional $1,500 to her charities: $1,000 to the Women in STEM Club and two $250 grants to the Music Booster Club.

Caitlyn Gonzales (Photo courtesy Soroptimist International of Vacaville)

“It’s part of our mission to make the world a better place for women and girls, and
honor these four young women and give them some financial support to help them
Achieving your dreams is what it’s all about,” said Jackie De Vries, President of SI Vacaville.

https://www.thereporter.com/2022/03/19/soroptimist-honor-young-women-with-awards/ Soroptimist honors young women with awards – The Vacaville Reporter

Dais Johnston

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