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Sunnyside senior honored for leadership traits

Asuncion Marquez has been a leader in the Sunnyside High School Club SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) since joining the anti-alcohol and drug oriented club as a freshman.

Last week, the Sunnyside teen, who now serves as the president of Club SADD, was honored by the Yakima Youth Awards Commission for his leadership.

Nominated for the award by John Hughes, the Sunnyside School District director of safe and effective schools, Marquez was lauded for his efforts to create a clean and sober peer group in his high school.

"Last fall he (Marquez) learned there might be a large drinking party after a football game," wrote Hughes in his letter of nomination.

"He (Marquez) worked with the (Sunnyside) Police Chief and Sunnyside's Promise to create an alternative dance at the Sunnyside Community Center. More than 300 youth attended his function," wrote Hughes.

Hughes called the high school senior a committed young man, determined to impact his fellow classmates in a positive way, to affect the decisions they make.

Marquez, a National Honor Society student with a 3.98 grade point average, works four nights a week at a local business, while remaining active in many clubs and service-oriented activities in his school.

"We are very proud of him," said Hughes.

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