A local middle school student was named Ford Junior Youth of the Year at a graduation ceremony Friday.
Adaliz Rodriguez, a student at Sierra Middle School, was given the award at the Boys and Girls Club’s celebration for members of its after-school program.
150 teenagers were invited.
Rodriguez offered some advice for next year’s students.
“My advice to them would be just to keep trying,” she said. “Put in a lot of work and to just help a lot with their community in and out of school.”
Rodriguez was given a laptop, and will also be featured on the Youth of the Year poster displayed at Jim Burke Ford dealerships throughout the summer, according to organizers.