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High school students hope to make waves and be surrounded by them

Jason Strykowski, of the Record staff

This summer, two students from Park City High School (PCHS) will receive opportunities to build their leadership skills, and improve their surfing, at a summer camp on Catalina Island near the coast of Los Angeles.

Luis Rodriguez and Erick Clixteco, both tenth-graders at PCHS successfully applied and were selected for the program by their Contentlink Student Aide, Scooter Mastain. Both students will attend the camp for two weeks in early July on funds Mastain has raised through local sources including the Community Council and the Kiwanis Club.

Mastain first had the notion to send two deserving students from the Hispanic community to Catalina this past December. In his youth, Mastain spent summers on Catalina both as a camp attendee and a camp staff member. Those experiences led him to believe that a few local students could greatly benefit from the camp.

These students, said Mastain, often need a little push to break from the status quo and improve as students and citizens. It is his hope that this camp will make it possible for the students "to be able to come home and to school with a new-found desire to do well." Moreover, Mastain believes that the two weeks at camp could be "something to draw from for the rest of their lives" for each of the two students.

After he announced his intention to select and finance two students, 12 applied for the camp. Although all of them had unique qualifications, Mastain ultimately chose Clixteco and Rodriguez for both their academic acumen as well as their demonstrated maturity in social situations.

While at the camp both students will focus on their leadership skills as well as environmental issues. Mastain’s hope, and requirement, is that both students come back to Park City prepared to be active members of the environmental community and leaders in the Hispanic and school populations. Mastain has asked them to return and volunteer at TMIS, intern for Recycle Utah or run for student body council.

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Rodriguez, born in Michoacan, Mexico and migrated to Park City around the age of 13, looks forward to the opportunity to increase his leadership skills and knowledge of science. He was surprised, he said, that Mastain selected him for the program, but he is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to take advantage of the camp and spend some time by the ocean.

Much of the funding has already been raised, but Mastain has planned an additional event to cover some of the remaining costs. The event, scheduled as an opportunity of students to show off their skills as singers and songwriters. The concert will be held in the PCHS cafeteria on May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets will cost $5. All proceeds will go directly towards the Catalina Island Camps program. For more information, call or email Scooter Mastain at (435) 640-9074 or scootermastain@hotmail.com.

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