SJND Student Receives Alameda Community Service Award | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School


SJND Student Receives Alameda Community Service Award

Antonio "AJ" Arevalo poses with his awards.

Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School congratulates Antonio (AJ) Arevalo ’23 for receiving the 2019 Alameda Youth Community Service Award! AJ, who was selected from over 50 nominees, accepted his award at the Sixth Annual Alameda Community Service Awards presented by Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and the City of Alameda's Social Service Human Relations Board, held on November 7 at the Alameda Elks Lodge. The annual awards ceremony recognizes individuals, local nonprofit organizations and businesses for their exemplary dedication to community service and improving the common good of Alameda.

AJ, a St. Philip Neri School alumnus, has dedicated many hours to supporting the local community over the past five years. He is a year-round member of the Alameda Youth Committee in which he supports several community events, such as the Teen Haunted House, Egg Scramble, Father Daughter Dance, and Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting, among other events. AJ has also been a participant of the Teen Volunteer Program for the past three summers, earning 135 hours of community service in this program alone. In addition to ARPD, Antonio delivers meals on Thanksgiving Day to people who are alone, or homebound in Alameda, has helped prepare and serve meals at St. Mary’s Center and St. Vincent De Paul in Oakland, and also volunteers at St. Philip Neri Church in Alameda.

Additionally, AJ holds a First Class Rank as an active Boy Scout in Troop 78 in Alameda. His various Boy Scout volunteer activities have included Scouting for Food, assisting with Eagle Projects, and Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park.

“Through my enrollment in Scouts and Catholic School I’ve learned to care and help others, along with building a firm foundation for my own life. I’m on target to achieve my goal of Eagle Scout in 3 years,” AJ told the awards audience.

During his acceptance speech, AJ credited his mom for helping to identify rewarding activities that provide them purpose and enjoyment. He also thanked Alameda Recreation and Park Department Supervisor, Shawn Smith, who nominated AJ for the award.

Shawn wrote, “[AJ] is a kind, responsible, hard-working young man who takes pride in his community… [he] consistently helps to make Alameda a better place.”

From all of us at SJND, congratulations, AJ, and bravo! You make us proud to be Pilots!