It was a total surprise – both a welcomed and well-deserved one.
By Ann Powers
Ariel Breazile, a four-year member of the Neah-Kah-Nie High School Leos Club and president during the 2015-16 school year, was awarded Leo of the Year at a Rockaway Beach Lions Club meeting, Sept. 6.
She didn’t know she would be receiving the award. Rockaway Lions Club member and Leos advisor Don Markle nominated Breazile and set up the meeting as a surprise – where she was given an engraved Leo of the Year medal.
“I believe I was chosen because of my dedication to giving back and improving my community which I could have never done was it not for the people in my life who supported me, including the Leo’s advisor, Don Markle,” Breazile said.
Markle emphasized Breazile was an obvious choice.
“Under Ariel’s leadership the club grew to 40 members out of a school population of 200,” Markle said. “The Leos are a service oriented club and served the community in many ways.”
Breazile conducted blood drives, recycled cans and bottles, collected glasses for Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, conducted a peanut butter and jelly drive for holiday food boxes and gathered socks for holiday giving.
“International recognized Ariel for outstanding leadership, humanitarian service, contributions to the Leos Club Program, community involvement and personal integrity,” Markle said. “She made my job easier because the way she conducted meetings and assignments.”
This fall Breazile is attending the University of Oregon and majoring in Speech Communication Disorders and Sciences. She plans on becoming a speech therapist. Currently, she is working at a day care center while in school.
The Leos Club is sponsored by the Rockaway Lions Club and consists of students from grades 9-12.