Women Elevate San Diego event honors current and future female leaders for contributions to community

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the first Women Elevate San Diego event, city leaders honored current and future women leaders for their contributions and leadership in the community.

The First Lady of San Diego, Katherine Faulconer, and scholarship recipients, Alexandria Arreola, Chloe Youngflesh, and Sophia Righthouse told us more about the event on Good Morning San Diego.

The award recipients are below:

• Chloe Youngflesh is a 5-year old leader who has already been recognized by her teachers for her “together is better” attitude. She is donating her scholarship to her school to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs.

• Alexandra Arreola Contreras has helped her parents with their business supporting elderly patients with dementia. Now 18, she is taking full responsibility of the business to support her family. She has a 4.1 GPA and wants to be a neurosurgeon so that she can help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

• Sophia Righthouse is a Master Sergeant in the Young Marines and a Cadet Petty Officer in the Naval Junior ROTC. She is a community role model and a Girl Scout.

• Caylee Van Houten, a Girl Scout and volunteer Explorer with the Chula Vista Police Department. Van Houten is an honors student who carries a heavy academic workload, plays sports and acts as a role model to peers.

• Natalie Nguyen is the president of the San Diego Asian Youth Organization through the San Diego Police Department. She has a 4.0 GPA.

“San Diego is fortunate to have many women leaders and confident young girls who are enriching our communities and demonstrating leadership every day,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Women Elevate SD is all about encouraging leaders at all levels to grow by giving them access to more opportunity. We want to level the playing field so that all women can realize their fullest potential.”

To encourage future leaders to grow by helping them gain access to more opportunities, scholarships were presented to five deserving youth leaders made possible by nonprofit One San Diego. Each of the winners are receiving $500 gift toward the educational and extracurricular interest of their choice. The winners include:




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