Sonya's positive spirit shines through in Sammamish
By JAKE LYNCH
Sammamish Reporter Editor
March 26, 2010 · 12:47 PM
When Sonya Ahuja commits to something, you know she means to see it through. On Saturday, March 13, Sonya was honored with the Trevor Price Award at the 2010 SAMMI Awards of Distinction - a huge deal, hundreds of people, lights, cameras, the whole works. But she couldn't be there to collect the award. Why? A school play. "It was only a small part, but I said I'd do it," Sonya told The Reporter this week.
Sitting down with Sonya and her family in their Sammamish home, it is easy to see why she inspired the SAMMI judges. At just 11-years-of-age, she has a good idea of what the award, which pays tribute to Trevor Price, a young local who died of Leukemia, and whose name honors those young people who outwardly display compassion, respect and kindness, a set a positive example for peers.
"It is about helping the community - being a part of the community and contributing as much as young can," Sonya said.
The Overlake School student was recognized for her volunteer work with food banks and environmental projects, as well as her positive attitude at school and at home.
Sonya's older sister, Serena who nominated Sonya for the award, said she was a great inspiration to her.
"I love my sister so much," Serena said. "At school everyone knows and likes her. She's always smiling and keeping a positive attitude about everything. She inspires me."
The Reporter joins the people of Sammamish in thanking Sonya for her great contribution to the community.Contact Sammamish Reporter Editor Jake Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.