Karina Gonzalez (Downey)

August 2, 2015

Karina Gonzalez is a 2015 graduate from Downey High School and already is an exceptional young leader.  Since sixth grade she has been involved in Kiwanis student leadership programs. In her final year of high school Karina held the position of Diamond Division Lieutenant Governor which entails overseeing 7 high school KIWIN'S clubs and working with presidents to create community service projects.

She has performed over 2,000 hours of community service, and according to her high school KWIN Club Advisor, Alexander Gaytan, “In the time that I have known her, Karina is by far the best student leader I have ever had the privilege to work with.”

This school year, Karina along with a committee of student leaders created a service project to feed thousands of children in the Philippines who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. While most teens were out enjoying their summer vacation, Karina and close friend Liz were working tirelessly to find a way to help the children of the Philippines.
 
Under her leadership, the KIWIN'S clubs raised over $8,000.00 and packaged more than 25,000 meals to be sent to the affected areas in the Philippines. Along with those meals the KIWIN'S worked with local Philippines officials to help purchase and deliver thousands of tsinelas (sandals) for elementary school children. Not only that, Karina also rallied her KIWIN'S to send school supplies and hundreds of books with the help of the Molina foundation.

In the words of  her advisor, Alexander Gaytan, “Through Karina's leadership and sacrifice, many lives were changed in the Philippines and students here at home were also transformed into caring and compassionate people.”

Congratulations Karina, you give hope to others and you are an inspiration to your peers and your community. You are a shining example how one person can change the world.