Honoring Exceptional Youth

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas honored a group of exceptional youth from the Second District whose talents ranged from designing boxing to bookmarks.

He presented a scroll to Mia Valadez, who won last month’s Junior Open Youth National Tournament in Reno, Nevada, and is now a four-time Junior National Boxing Champion. “She may be small in stature and light on her feet but she is a heavyweight in her field,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

Valadez is now part of the national team and will represent the United States in international competition. She has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics, and wants to become the first Mexican-American female amateur boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. She is also a scholar, who will graduate at the top of her class at South Gate High School this summer.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas also presented scrolls to winners of the Los Angeles County Public Library’s 36th Annual Bookmark Contest in the Second District.

“Thanks for sharing your talent with us,” he told 2nd grader Adrian Alvarez, who attends Park Western Elementary School; 3rd grader Roland Lewis of Juan De Anza Elementary School; 7th grader Lily Rodriguez of St. Raphael School; and Culver City High School senior Autumn Walters.