by Linda Frabl | photo by Dawn at Nicoli Productions

Youth of the Year

volunteer_pattenson2Katrina Patterson, who is finishing up her junior year at Vista High School, is living proof that when you do good things, good things will happen to you. As a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Vista (BGCV) for seven years now, Katrina has successfully transitioned from simply utilizing the club’s afterschool programs to becoming a valued volunteer at the facility. To show their gratitude the BGCV, along with Vista mayor Judy Ritter and the Vista City Council, recently named Katrina its Youth of the Year for 2014. She was awarded with a plaque, as well as the proclamation that Feb. 26, 2015 (Katrina’s 17th birthday) shall be known as “Katrina Patterson Day” in the City of Vista.

Reacting to the honor, Katrina exclaimed, “I was so happy and excited to be named Youth of the Year, and I am very proud to have my hard work and determination recognized.” She added, “My favorite part of volunteering at the BGCV is working with the kids and helping out at events.” Katrina assists the BGCV with its Project FUN (Fitness, Understanding, and Nutrition) activities, and participates in its Power Hour programs which help elementary and middle-school youths achieve academic success. But Katrina feels her biggest accomplishment has been the opportunity to coach the BGCV volleyball team for two seasons in a row.

Name: Katrina Patterson
Community: Vista
Volunteer Affiliation: Boys and Girls Club of Vista
School: Vista High School
Family: Mom – Katrina; Sister – Samantha
Pet: Dog – Rocky
Hobbies: Volleyball

Katrina knows a lot about volleyball, as she plays competitively for SoCal Volleyball, in addition to playing on her high school team. Her future goal is to hopefully coach high school volleyball and be a high school science teacher. She revealed, “I plan to go to college and study science – I really like science and math!”

“My favorite part of volunteering at the BGCV is working with the kids and helping out at events.”

Most likely Katrina will remain in Vista all her life, as she has deep roots to the area. She explained, “I am a third generation Vistan, and my mom’s family has been in Vista since the 1930s. My dad and stepsister also live here. I have a lot of family in the area and our family get-togethers are always fun and a bit crazy too!” Her favorite local hangout is the Pepper Tree Frosty, and she also enjoys attending Vista’s numerous car shows and the annual Strawberry Festival. Katrina also acknowledged, “I love being a member of the BGCV, and I look forward to always being a part of the club!”

Group: Boys & Girls Club of Vista
Mission: To inspire and enable all boys and girls, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and caring citizens.