Eight young women were among the high school seniors honored by the
Laguna chapter of the National Charity League at the annual Membership
and Debutante Announcement Luncheon, held recently at the Ritz-Carlton
Hotel in Dana Point.
The luncheon marked the beginning of the debutante year for Sonia
Badhjeka, Ashleigh Barker, Lindsey Butterwick, Breyon Lauher, Jessica
Levin, Ashley Maddocks, Martina Speare and Blair Urban. The debs earn
their formal presentation to society by fulfilling a six-year commitment
to community service. They will graduate from high school in June and
make their curtsies in December.
Blair, who attends Laguna Beach High School, received the league’s
prestigious Senior Service Award for clocking 1,000 hours of community
service in the past six years.
“By helping others, I was able to discover many things about myself,”
Blair’s school activities included participating in the Laguna Beach
High Dance Production team, painting a mural for the school art room and
making the honor roll. She used her artistic skills as a member of the
Pageant of the Masters makeup crew and won the Patriots Day Parade
Program Cover Competition. The Laguna Art Museum chose her as class
artist. Blair was recognized by the high school with the Principal’s
Award in Art Studio (ceramics). She was the recipient of the Golden State
Award in geometry and was chosen for Model United Nations.
Her league honors include the Merci Award for most philanthropic hours
in addition to required hours for a single year and the Hourglass, Yellow
Bouquet, Yellow Rose, Yellow Rosebud and Mission Bell awards. She served
as league freshman class president.
Blair is the daughter of Christine and Dr. Douglas Urban.
Ashleigh is the daughter of Linda and Stephen Barker. She attends St.
Margaret’s Episcopal School, where she played varsity tennis for four
years and captained the team, served in student government and was
selected for Model U.N. Honors included Headmaster’s Academic Honor for
four years, AP Scholar and “Who’s Who Among American High School
Students” for three years. She also served as a Congressional Page.
“It isn’t how or what one does that signifies the importance of one’s
service to others but the amount of love and care that goes into what we
do for those who need it most,” said Ashleigh.
Ashleigh’s league awards included the Yellow Rose, Mission Bell and
Besides community service, the National Charity League fosters the
mother-daughter relationship. They join the league together and commit
together to do good works. The mothers are called patronesses. Their
daughters are called Ticktockers.
“The most memorable things I learned through NCR are how important it
is to be involved in making the community better and developing a great
relationship with my mom,” Sonia said.
Sonia played on the Laguna Beach High varsity volleyball team and was
named to the All-League second team. She served as American Field Service
Club president and went to Costa Rica as an exchange student. She was a
peer counselor and belonged to the California Scholarship Federation
Club. She was a Gold Card honor roll student for four years, the
recipient of the Governor’s Scholarship Award and an AP Scholar.
She is the daughter of Marilyn and Mindo Badheka.
Lindsey and Ashley both starred on the Laguna Beach High School girls’
tennis team and are ranked by the United States Tennis Assn.
Ashley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Division V champions
of the Pacific Coast League and All-county second team in her freshman
and sophomore years. She placed third in the USTA Clay Court nationals.
She was the recipient of the USTA Zonals Sportsmanship Award, the Coco
Cola Award as MVP of the Pacific Coast League and a full tennis
scholarship to UC Santa Barbara.
Of her years in the league, Ashley said, “The most significant thing I
learned is knowing what kind of person I am.”
Ashley is the daughter of Tara and Thomas Maddocks.
Lindsey played varsity tennis for four years, during which the Laguna
Beach team won the California Interscholastic Federation finals all four
years, a record. She also played varsity volleyball as well as club
soccer. Lindsey served as Associated Student Body senior vice president,
junior secretary-treasurer, sophomore vice president and frosh secretary,
while earning grades for membership in the National Honor Society.
She is a member of the Impact and Ambassador’s clubs, the California
Scholarship Federation and won Golden State Awards in geometry, biology
and English. She was selected as a homecoming queen.
“The most important thing I have learned during my NCL experience is
take nothing for granted,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey is the daughter of Linda and Kyle Butterwick, director of the
Laguna Beach Community Development Department.
Breyon is the daughter of Carol and Ken Lauher. She danced her way
through Laguna Beach High School as a member of the Laguna Beach High
Dance Production, the Jimmie Defore Dance Center Tap Group and the Kyne
Dance Academy Jazz and Tap Team. She also served as a peer counselor and
was selected for Model U.N. and the Soroptimist International Award
honoring young women for volunteering. She was a member of the Community
Service Club and the recipient of the Principal’s Award for Computer
Her league awards include Mission Bell and two Yellow Roses. She
teamed with her mother to win the Mother-Daughter Service Award.
“NCL reinforced my strong belief that being a friend and good listener
is far more valuable than anything materialistic you can give,” Breyon
Jessica also performed with the Jimmy Defore Dance Center Group and
with the Laguna Beach High Dance Company. She was a member of the Hip Hop
Club, the Laguna Beach High School Honor Society and the University
Program for High School Scholars. She served as president of the senior
class. She received the Principal’s Award for English and was a Gold Card
and league Mission Bell recipient.
“Helping others has taught me to appreciate every moment of my life,”
Jessica is the daughter of Pamela and Dr. Gene Levin.
“I enjoyed volunteering and helping others; you can make a
difference,” said Martina.
In addition to volunteering, Martina performed with the Laguna Beach
High School Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble and played softball,
volleyball and soccer for four years and received coaches awards for all
three sports in 2001.
Martina was named to the All League Softball first team in 2001, when
the team won the Pacific Coast League and reached the CIF finals. She was
the recipient of awards for All-County Sportsmanship and as the LBHS
TriSport Athlete and the LBHS Scholar Athlete. She is a member of the
California Scholarship Federation.
She and her mother earned the NCL Mother/Daughter Service Award.
Martina is the daughter of Vaughn and Dr. Eric Speare.
Tributes from the senior girls to their mothers is a touching
highlight of the luncheon. The National Charity League is a philanthropic
organization in which mothers and daughters join forces to help better
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