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Former El Capitan High Leo President wins state recognition

Nasala Yang has been named Leo of the Year.
Nasala Yang has been named Leo of the Year.

Former El Capitan High School Leo Club President, Nasala Yang, was recognized as a “Leo of the Year” during the Lions Multiple District Four’s Gala Dinner event in San Jose last weekend.

This annual event is the state-wide convention for the 15 districts comprising a total 730 Lions Clubs throughout California. It’s held in the Doubletree’s Grand Ballroom. The event also recognizes the awards: Lion of the Year, Lions Club of the Year, and Lions Club Project of the Year. Judging for these coveted awards is conducted by Lions in states outside of California.

According to El Cap Leo Club advisor Gary Eno, Yang demonstrated superb leadership skills.

“Nasala’s skills in leading a meeting are unparalleled,” he wrote in a nomination letter. “She worked closely with club officers, members, and community leaders. Her work with the City of Merced Mayor Matt Serratto, in park and neighborhood cleanup projects, helped her club stay busy during the hardship of the pandemic.

“Graduating with a 4.30 GPA, Nasala’s challenging academic advanced program course work in both high school and community college settings culminated in her graduating with a 4.30 grade average and receiving numerous college scholarships.”

Nasala Yang is current attending UC Merced where she plans to major in Molecular and Cell Biology. She plans to become a Geneticist with an emphasis in cancer and hereditary disease research.

Leo Clubs are youth clubs sponsored by Lions Clubs around the world. There are over 7,400 Leo Clubs in 140 countries around the world.