At the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in one of his first acts as Archbishop, Jose H. Gomez presented awards to students from throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for community and parish service during their high school careers. Alverno High School senior Regina Cabrera received the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Award.
In her school government position as Secretary of Campus Ministry, Regina has been an involved student leader, training girls as retreat leaders, organizing retreats for Alverno students as well as 8th graders, planning prayer services, masses, and other religious events. “Regina is an inspiration,” says Alverno Campus Minister Susana Capra. “She is such a positive, giving and serene young woman, and she adds a sense of grace to everything she does. There is not a day when Regina is without a smile, her cheerfulness is empowering. As the representative for Campus Ministry she ambitiously leads the students with respect and kindness. Regina is an incredible example to our students and has put endless hours into Alverno’s Campus Ministry program and community service. She is incredibly deserving of this award and we are lucky to call her an Alverno student. ”
A talented soccer player, Regina says her most satisfying volunteer experience has been with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) an organization which provides one-on-one recreational opportunities for children with physical and developmental disabilities. “It touches my heart,” she says. There she has been playing soccer with an autistic boy and finds the experience both fun and rewarding.
“The Alverno mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be,” says Ann Gillick, Alverno Head of School. “For her positive, giving spirit, Regina is a role model to us all.”
Last year, Alverno students gave more than 17,000 hours of service to their community.