Two students win Soroptimist of La Jolla community service awards

Soroptimist International of La Jolla (SILJ) will honor two high school seniors for making a positive impact on society at an awards luncheon April 6 in La Jolla.

Annalisa Race, of La Jolla Country Day, will receive SILJ’s Violet Richardson Award for her work with Solutions for Change, a program to help homeless families get back on their feet. In the runner- up role, Melissa Fagan, of San Diego Jewish Academy, was chosen for her work at Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, which helps children of military families.

Named after the first president of Soroptimist International, the annual Violet Richardson Award recognizes youth, ages 14- 17, who through volunteer efforts are making the world a better place, particularly for women and girls.

Fourteen applications were evaluated by judges Susan Crum, Rick Wildman and Nathan Fletcher.

Race is an aspiring classical and operatic singer. She has dedicated many years to service programs, including Solutions for Change (

), a Dominican Republic orphanage, the National Charity League and the San Diego Foundation. Race will be granted a $1,000 scholarship, plus a $500 gift to her charity.