Local middle school student awarded ‘Youth of the Year’

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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. 

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