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Rio Rico High School JROTC student receives Presidential Service Volunteer Awards

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  • Carol Cullen/Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

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Baely Elizabeth Ahumada, Rio Rico High School JROTC senior, recently received the Bronze and Silver Presidential Service Volunteer Awards for performing over 175 hours of volunteer service in her Rio Rico community. 

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District governing board members Maria Neuman and John Hays presented Ahumada two medals, a certificate and a letter signed by President Obama at the recent SCVUSD governing board meeting.

The Bronze is awarded for up to 174 hours of service; the Silver is awarded for 175-249 hours.

“Congratulations on receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” wrote Obama. “Thank you for helping to address the most pressing needs in your community.”

Lt. Col. Ron St. Clair, RRHS JROTC Instructor, noted the value of the award to Ahumada as she moves forward.

“The Presidential Service Volunteer Award is an honor from the President,” St. Clair. said.  “To be able to add to your portfolio that you have a signed letter from the President of the United States will significantly strengthen her portfolio and enhance her selection opportunities for college and career.”

In addition, Ahumada was presented with a certificate from SCVUSD Superintendent Verdugo in recognition of her accomplishment.

“Congratulations to you, Ms. Ahumada,” Verdugo said.  “We are very proud of all the work you have done for your community and the honor you have bestowed on this district by receiving this distinguished award.”


Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles.

The district operates five schools. Approximately 3,450 students are enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year.

For more information about the Presidential Service Volunteer Awards, visit here.