Kindness Award For High School Seniors Catching On

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CUPERTINO — A third high school in the Fremont Union High School District is now looking to recognize seniors for kindness, alongside the usual awards for academic and sports achievements.

Lynbrook High School now has its own Sandlot Award, a spin-off from the Justin Perkins Sandlot Award begun at Monta Vista High School in 2009. It was named for the inspirational student who passed away from cancer in 2008, and is specifically designed to single out students who display kindness to their peers and the world.

Last month Good Neighbor Stories chronicled how that award evolved and is now offered to both Monta Vista and Cupertino High School students. A co-creator of the award and founder of the Sandlot Hero website, Steven Young, enlisted fellow Lynbrook alums Howard Doi and Debbie Luck, and Lynbrook ASB President Kevin Tu, to bring the award to Lynbrook.

“Lynbrook is one of those schools that is academically oriented. A lot of the awards are around academics or sports,” Doi said. The Lynbrook High School Sandlot Award will instead look for students who are helping others “because they want to, not because of the recognition. We want to find those kinds and honor them for what they do.”

The deadline to apply for the Lynbrook award is April 15. Recipients will be recognized at the school’s Senior Awards later in the spring.

Judging is based upon the initiative and self-motivation shown by the student, community service, participation in sports (if any), interest in continued self-learning, and the ability to relate to a wide variety of groups of people.

The application is online. For more information, or to nominate students, contact Doi at jhdoi@sbcglobal.net. For information about the Justin Perkins award for Monta Vista and Cupertino students, or general questions about the Sandlot Award, contact Cathy Gatley at cgatley@juno.com.

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