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Student Community Health All-Stars

Students Honored for Inspiring Healthy Change in Community

Across California, students are making a positive impact on the health of their peers and community members. By initiating nutrition education and physical activity efforts, students are leading the way to real change in their schools and local communities.  

Dairy Council of California developed the Student Community Health All-Star Award to recognize these student leaders and is proud to announce the first annual Student Community Health All-Star Award winners. 

Annika Kim Leads Her Community to Better Health

As a 12-grader at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Annika Kim demonstrated the significant impact an individual can have on an entire community through her tireless efforts in developing health-related policy for the city of Ranch Cucamonga. 

Annika Kim at Rancho Cucamonga City Council MeetingAs a volunteer with the Healthy Rancho Cucamonga Youth Leaders program, Kim had a widespread impact on the health of not only her fellow students, but also adults of all ages. The program gives teens an active, meaningful voice in shaping policies and programs to improve the health of their peers, schools and the community at large. Kim began the process by conducting community needs assessments throughout the city. She then spent countless hours administering surveys and leading focus groups and large assemblies. Next, Kim researched, wrote and presented the Healthy Nutrition and Beverage Standards proposal to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council. This city-wide policy was passed unanimously and now requires all city facilities and city-sponsored events to provide healthy food options, including healthy vending machine snacks and nutritious food choices at internal meetings and large-scale community events. Her dedicated efforts will positively impact the health of hundreds of thousands of students, employees and families, who live, work and play in Rancho Cucamonga.

Deja Summerville Leads by Example

This year, Deja Summerville was an eighth-grader at Loma Vista Middle School in Riverside, California. As the associated student body president, she was instrumental in making school fundraisers, classroom celebrations and family fun events healthier. Teacher Patti Suppe says, “Deja is an amazing leader for our school. She has exhibited what it means to live a healthy lifestyle by making good choices at lunch, encouraging our student body to eat healthy and by participating in our PRIMEtime dance team. She is bright, full of ideas and a tireless worker to make our school a better place for all students and staff.” 


As a catalyst for healthy changes at Loma Vista Middle School, Deja involved students in the process, created fun activities and healthy snacks for family events and changed the fundraising snacks at school dances to meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School guidelines. For family events she developed active, engaging games, including a costume contest, present-wrapping relays, tree-decorating relays and a jump rope contest. She also created healthy snacks ideas that students would actually like eating, such as Boo Nanas, string cheese broom sticks and tangerine pumpkins for the Halloween Family Night. Lastly, by successfully changing the snacks at school dances, Deja demonstrated that school fundraisers can be healthy while also raising money for schools. 

It is students like Deja who are leading the way in making the school wellness environment a healthier place for all students and their families. 

Honorable Mentions

Dairy Council of California would also like to acknowledge the following students, who received Honorable Mention awards and are positively impacting the health of their peers and community members:

Taylor Deason, a fourth-grader at Yucca Loma Elementary School in Apple Valley, California, worked with the director of nutrition services to create signage in the cafeteria encouraging greater participation in the school breakfast and lunch programs

Dorysel Sandoval, a 10th-grader at Sweetwater High School in Chula Vista, California, volunteered at the local learning center to teach healthy cooking classes in English and Spanish using fresh fruits and vegetables from the center’s local garden. 

JD Nemit, a 10th-grader at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA, helped fellow students lose excess weight and improve their diets by providing customized food plans. Having struggled with type 1 diabetes, JD decided to learn how to take better care of himself, improve his health and then help his classmates become healthier too. 

Dairy Council of California looks forward to recognizing more students next year and will begin accepting nominations for 2017 Student Community Health All-Star in early winter. 

Student Community Health All-Star Winners