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17 local students named to SD Youth Commission

Seventeen San Diego students between the ages of 14 and 22 have been named to the San Diego Youth Commission.

Five of these students come from the La Jolla area. Haley Cottrell, Gabrielle Dubick, Bryan Gonzalez, Roger Li, and Henrietta Movsessian, among others, will be serving the mayor, City Council and other city officials by identifying important issues dealing with local youth.

Haley Cottrell, 17, lives in Pacific Beach and will be a junior at La Jolla High School. She is captain of the dive team, features editor for the High Tide and has been involved in the California Youth and Government Program for two years. She was nominated by Councilwoman Sherri Lightner.

Gabrielle Dubick, a 15-year-old from La Jolla who goes to La Jolla High, was nominated by Mayor Jerry Sanders. She has played soccer since she was 8 and has developed leadership skills through athletics. She volunteers at the Senior Community Center downtown, participates in diversity programs with the Anti-Defamation League and has raised $1,700 for the San Diego Humane Society. She currently attends LJHS.

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Roger Li, 16, lives in Mira Mesa and is a La Jolla High student who has participated in the school’s Model United Nations and speech and debate club. He also volunteered with Kids for Peace. He was nominated by Councilwoman Carl DeMaio.

Henrietta Movsessian, 19, from La Jolla, chairs the commission. She is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Student Council and the Armenian Genocide Joint Commemoration Committee. Henrietta served as an intern at the mayor’s office in the spring. She was nominated by Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

The commission meets at least four times per year to present its findings, recommendations and periodic reports to the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee of the City Council. Each member will serve a two-year term.