By Jamie Hunt

Melinda Rios is an accomplished young woman in Lindsay.

She has a long list of academic achievements, awards, activities and volunteer work that is extremely impressive.

All of these advanced classes and community work, not to mention her multiple awards will earn her fame and fortune. She will be able to attend any college or university of her choosing with such an amazing list, her huge smile, and her sheer star quality. Rios has edited the high school yearbook and been head cheerleading coach. at Lindsay high school, besides playing on the varsity basketball and golf teams this year. Rios was also nominated as a student leader in high school, besides being nominated with other students for the Youth of the Year award.

Rios has been very active in extra-curricular activities and community service in Lindsay and is clearly an outstanding person who has been very involved in her school, community and church for many years. She went on a trip to Italy, Germany, Belgium and France for World Youth Day last year, while attending seminars and other activities that same year. Rios has won many other awards and is involved with the Lindsay-Ono City Sister City Exchange program.

Rios remarked when she accepted the award, &#8220Oh, Wow! Thank you very much. This truly means a lot to me. I have a passion for helping others. I hope to come back to Lindsay (after college) and do even more.”

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