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Optimists honor 100 high-achieving students

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Wyatt McCrea, grandson of Joel McCrea, center, was on hand to award teens from across Camarillo the Joel McCrea Award during a recent ceremony hosted by the Optimist Club of Camarillo. The top award winners include, from left, Rebecca Mayper from Camarillo High School, Eugene Alforque from ACE Charter School, Jacob Razo from Frontier High School and Elena Roffel from Rio Mesa High School. © Acorn Newspapers
The Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club hosted its 31st annual Youth Appreciation Banquet at the Camarillo Community Center March 15.Close to 400 people attended and 100 students from four local high schools were honored for their achievements.

Sophomore, junior and senior students from Adolfo Camarillo High School, Rio Mesa High School, Frontier High School, and the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Charter High School were selected for awards in scholarship, leadership, community service, most improved student, fine arts, and all-around or combined (scholarship, leadership, and community service).

The top combined award winner for each high school received the Joel McCrea Award. McCrea was a longtime actor, Camarillo resident and philanthropist. His grandson, Wyatt McCrea of the Joel McCrea Foundation, delivered the keynote speech.

The combined winners this year were: Yuri Pineda, Megan Friedlander and Zheng Wang, ACHS; Taleeah Mesa and Parkher Murphy, ACE; Samatha Pinsak and Jenna Dobrin, RMHS; and Laura Martinez, Frontier High School.

The Joel McCrea Award winners were: Rebecca Mayper, ACHS; Eugene Alforque, ACE; Jacob Razo, Frontier; and Elena Roffel, RMHS.

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