Cassandra Arrowsmith received the group’s Women of Opportunity Award and a $500 check to further her education. Helen Hoxie received the Ruby Award for her service to the community and Patterson High School student Mariele Schut was honored with the Violet Richardson Award for her community service.
Soroptimists is a non-profit service organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.
Obtaining an education Arrowsmith, a student at Heald College, will graduate in July 2014 with an associates’ degree in business administration after following a long road to acquiring an education. Arrowsmith had a rough home life as a child and took as many jobs as she could in her youth ranging from childcare services to working in the fields and waiting tables. Along the way, Arrowsmith took guardianship of her sister, which added to the strain of having to work two full-time jobs while attending school as a full-time student. Ultimately she made the decision to take care of her family and spent the next eight years working to support her sister, brother and mother.
In June of 2012 — a week after her 30th birthday— Arrowsmith, by then a new mother, finally enrolled in college. She was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA while still servicing the community as the president of the Business Professionals of America Club, president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and acting as a peer mentor and tutor.
As of now, Arrowsmith has decided to put her education first. In order to alleviate the cost of tuition, she is seeking additional employment through the federal work-study program.
After she graduates this summer, she plans on attending University of the Pacific in Stockton to earn her bachelor of arts degree in management and human resources. She hopes to one day get her credentials in adult education and accomplish her goal of helping others transform their lives.
“I am confident with this degree I will be able to enter the business world and find employment doing what I love,” she said. “Human resources is a passion of mine, as I know the need for mediators between employers and employees. Everyone has to work and knowing that I can make a daily job fun and exciting makes me feel like I am contributing.”
Helping the community Hoxie, the recipient of the Ruby Award, is a mother of five children. She has volunteered in the community since 1995 when she was a T-ball, soccer and basketball coach. She now coaches alongside those same athletes once they grew to adulthood.
Hoxie, a Girl Scout leader from 1998 to 2009, served as the Del Puerto Unit Service Leader for 11 years and ran many events.
Hoxie is currently an American Heritage Girls leader and assistant coordinator for the faith-based scouting program for girls in Patterson. Hoxie also serves on the troop committee for Boy Scout Troop 81.
Hoxie is an active parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she serves on the board, is a Eucharistic minister, co-chairwoman of the Friends of the Church breakfasts and has served as a catechist teacher for the past 11 years. Hoxie, who has served on the Diocese of Stockton Catholic Committee on Scouting for the past 12 years, assists the children in completing the religious emblem requirements program and coordinates the ceremony for those in the local scouting programs and American Heritage Girls.
Involved student recognized
Schut received the Violet Richardson Award named from the first president of the first Soroptimist Club. The award honors girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who are making a difference through volunteering. Schut, daughter of Cindy Schut and Michael Schut, is a Patterson High School student who is involved in many different clubs and organizations. The one that has made the biggest impact on her life is being an Ambassador at the high school where she helps 11 incoming freshmen. Schut cannot wait to see the different success stories these students will be able to achieve because of her help.
She is available to help her group of freshmen students at school or at home. She feels being there for them allows the newcomers a chance to feel as though someone is there to support them, talk them through their troubles and help them keep up their grades by guiding them through their homework.
“Seeing the freshmen transition from not having any incentives to go on to something greater after high school, to knowing what direction they want to go towards after college shows me the many different possibilities in life,” Schut said.
Schut feels she is making someone else’s life more meaningful. She enjoys seeing the different accomplishments that the students make, which also inspires her to accomplish her own goals.
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