By Mayra Castro

Staff Writer

Student Caitin Bolt-Chambers, 20, a business major and sociology minor, is being recognized as a Young Woman of Distinction.

She said she was thankful to be recognized with the other candidates.  “I feel honored. It’s very humbling,” she said. According to the nomination form, recognition is given to women under 24 years old who have excelled in helping the community through volunteering and who serve as role models in District 63.

Referring to the women, Bolt-Chambers said, “Each of these women has dedicated themselves towards helping others and they are role models for our next generation of leaders. All of these women have done a tremendous job in the community and all of them in one way or another are incredible, special and inspirational.”

Candidates for the award are nominated through an essay.  Bolt-Chambers does not know who nominated her, but she suspects her mother nominated her. “My parents are always trying to do nice things for me,” she said.

She describes her parents as proud of her and amazed how she is able to do all she does.

She plans to transfer in Fall 2014. Among the schools she plans on applying to are Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University.

She also plans to apply to out-of-state universities, but hopes she is able to receive a full scholarship to attend. Although she is an inactive member this semester, she is part of the Ladies of Athena and a Lady for the Men of Aztlan.

Jeanette Castro, 21, a human resources major who met Bolt-Chambers during the semester she was pledging for the Men of Aztlan, said, “Caitee deserves this recognition without a doubt.

She balances all her roles including being a determined and dedicated student, employee, volunteer and friend.”

When she is not volunteering she volunteers at Park Church in Long Beach.  She directs the Kids Club, run by the church.

As the director, she is responsible for the curriculum and choosing songs for K-5 children.

Though she rarely has free time, she said Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for fun.

On Tuesdays, she and her aunt have started a tradition of going to the movies and on Thursday nights, she goes to a restaurant, bowling or shopping with her friends.

Some of her hobbies include reading and working on her fairy garden, which she recently started and enjoys adding unique ornaments to.

Regarding her recognition, Bolt-Chambers said she does not see why she is being applauded for what she likes to do. She said, “I don’t think it’s something that should be acknowledged.”