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SMHS’s Activity Director Adrian Salazar has received the Area D Bob Burton Spirit Award, making the Saint Alumni one of eight educators who makes school spirit thrive from Los Angeles County to the tip of Monterey County.

The award is given to select California Activity Directors Association (CADA) members who make a positive difference and who emphasize inclusion with all students and members. Salazar received the honor this month at the CADA State Conference in Reno, Nevada.

CADA is the largest statewide support network for Activity Directors in the nation. Its mission is to promote and support leadership development through student activities.

“I am honored to have been recognized by my peers, better yet, the CADA State Officers,’’ said Salazar, who has been an Activity Director for the past eight years.

As Director of Activities, Salazar always has an open door for all students and their accomplishments or problems – no how big or small. He’s empowered student voice through students actively participating in numerous student clubs, CASL (Summer Leadership Camps) and other positive activities including community service and higher education.

“Each year, the students look forward to participate in the traditional activities, but more importantly they look to bring positive change directly or indirectly to the school,’’ Salazar added. “Students have transformed the environment, at their school, and made it into a more inclusive – student-driven environment where student voice is welcomed.’’

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