Each year, the PB Town Council bestows the Dan Froelich Youth Award for outstanding community service on middle school and high school students who have made positive contributions to the Pacific Beach community.
2022 Award Winner: John William Francis
What does volunteerism look like? Will volunteered at his church, La Jolla Presbyterian, from 2017-2019 with their transitionary homeless outreach program serving meals. In 2019 he worked for a week as a Sierra Service Project volunteer cleaning up neighborhoods, fixing fences, and painting houses. In 2019 he also volunteered with San Diego Junior Lifeguards as a camp counselor during Autism Week. More recently, Will volunteered for the Pacific Beach Restaurant Coalition during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic as a food runner for Homebound Services, delivering meals to the elderly in our community.
In addition to Will’s outstanding community service record, he also maintains an impressive 4.7 GPA and is a member of the varsity sand volleyball and soccer teams. All of Will’s hard work paid off when he was accepted to Princeton University where he will major in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to represent Pacific Beach as a soccer player at Princeton University,” said Will.
With his ambitious goals, Will plans to use his PBTC scholarship award along with money earned from his part-time job to help cover his Ivy League tuition in the fall. Best of luck Will!
The 2020 the Dan Froelich Youth Award winners were Ashley Slomba, a graduating senior at Mission Bay High School, and Sophia Sidell, a student at Pacific Beach Middle School. PBTC awarded Ashley a check for $1,000, and Sophia received $500.
These young ladies were very deserving. Here were just a few of their many accomplishments:
Ashley Slomba has tutored fellow students in math, science, and Spanish; she also recruited others to volunteer in the tutoring program. She played soccer, lacrosse, water polo, and field hockey and was a referee for Pacific Youth Soccer League. Ashley has been a leader in her school’s National Honors Society and has participated in beach cleanups and school beautification projects. She became president of Climate Kids in her junior year, teaching children about climate science and the environment. She also volunteered at a local retirement community by hosting art classes. Ashley says her dream job “would involve helping people follow a healthy lifestyle through a healthy diet and exercise.” She plans to attend college and has deposited her award check into her college savings account.
Sophia Sidell is part of the Associative Student Body at her school, helping other students flourish and planning events such as the Fall Dance, Fifth Grade Tours, and College Week. She attended leadership training through the California Association of Student Leaders. For her school she has played volleyball and run track. She especially enjoys playing ice hockey, and spends her free time teaching the sport to younger kids. She supports community events such as Beach Fest, and she picks up trash whenever she sees it. She volunteered at an adaptive sports camp and with Missoula’s Children’s Theatre at PB Elementary. And she helped promote a pet adoption event for San Diego Humane Society. Sophia says, “Growing up in Pacific Beach, I have been involved in the community, and I have learned how to become a good person through doing so.”
Congratulations to this year’s winners! We are so fortunate to have these fine young women in Pacific Beach, along with all our other local young achievers.
2019 Award Winners
The 2019 Senior Award Winner was Xiu Mei Golden. Ms. Golden had a 4.4 GPA and graduated from Mission Bay High School with an International Baccalaureate degree.
She was involved with MBHS’s Key Club and Interact Club and volunteered numerous hours for events in Pacific Beach and other San Diego communities. These include BeachFest, the PB Holiday Parade, Taylor Branch Library, the Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Cancer benefit, charity runs/walks and other PB recreation events.
Ms. Golden plans to attend Macalester College in Minnesota, where she will major in neuroscience; eventually she hopes to work in research or enter medical school.
The 2019 Middle School Award Winner was Lily Moore. Ms. Moore is a young person who gets what a community is all about, and how she can make it better. She works every week with an equine therapy horse ranch in Lakeside, helping autism/cerebral palsy patients with responsibility, self confidence, problem-solving skills, and self control, helping them to live a more successful life. She also helps care for the horses by grooming, feeding, and the most fun part, which is mucking out the stalls!
In addition, Ms. Moore is active in her church’s choir, where she plays guitar and sings.
In her own words: “I get to spend numerous hours with inspiring women who encourage me to be the best version of myself.”
Ms. Moore is very involved with her school, in sports, student government, and fund raising. Her idea of being a responsible citizen is as simple as helping a friend in need, distributing food to the homeless, picking up trash at the beach, or even helping an elderly person get an item from the shelf at the store.