La Jolla Christmas Parade salutes community's youth

Local principals were asked to selected outstanding young people to be honored as youth marshals in the 53rd annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival to be held Dec. 5 in downtown La Jolla. The event, which runs down Girard Avenue and then turns down Prospect Street, begins at 2 p.m. A holiday festival follows at the La Jolla Recreation Center.

The “Christmas By the Sea” aquatic-themed event includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus capped by a tree-lighting ceremony in front of La Jolla Rec Center.

Here are the Youth Marshals and information on why they were nominated:

• All Hallows Academy

Connor Goldman, Elementary Grade Representative, Grade 2

Connor entered All Hallows as a kindergartner. He has always demonstrated excellent study skills and great citizenship. He is a very happy and courtesy young man and very aware of all of his classmates. He is a great athlete, loves sports and plays with good sportsmanship. He is a reliable volunteer and follows through on all of his tasks. He is a great brother to Alex and his sister Abby.

Aileen Dalton, Middle School Representative, Grade 7

Aileen Dalton has been in All Hallows Academy since her kindergarten year. She is an outstanding representative of our academy. An A+ student always on the Honor Roll, a Student Council officer, super athlete, as well as very active in a variety of outreach programs. She was very instrumental in keeping our recycling program going and with her family, has been to Casa de Los Pobres in Tijuana, for Christmas and at Easter, Meals on Wheels, and Thanksgiving Food drives.Aileen is an altar server at All Hallows Church and participants in a number of parish activities. She is a friend to all, happy and very caring. She is a great sister to Dillon at LJHS and Conor at All Hallows. .

• Bird Rock Elementary

Nora Joyce, Grade 5

Youth Marshal Nora Joyce is Student Council president at Bird Rock Elementary School. Nora is in Ms. LaRowe's fifth-grade class and is excited to represent her school here today. In addition to student council, Nora plays soccer, tennis and piano, is a Girl Scout and loves performing in school plays. Happy Holidays to everyone from Bird Rock Elementary!

• Bishop’s School

Alina Pham, Grade 9

Alina Pham, 14, is a ninth-grader currently attending the Bishop’s School. In her free time she enjoys playing the guitar, dancing, making movies with her sisters and singing. She hopes everyone enjoys the parade, and has a very Merry Christmas!

Lily Mojdehi, Grade 9

No information available

• La Jolla Country Day

Zoey Turek, Grade 12

Zoey is a three-year member of the Madrigal Singers, a Glee Club officer and has participated in multiple school musicals. In addition to her musical and theatrical talents, Zoey is a gifted writer. She serves as editor in chief of the student newspaper, “The Palette,” and co-editor in chief of the school yearbook, “L’Esprit.” For the past two years, Zoey has earned the position of co-captain of the Country Day women’s water polo team. In her spare time, Zoey is helping to organize the second Annual Concert for Wishes, benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation of San Diego.

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