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La Cañada High senior Gabriel Drill finds himself in the spotlight

La Cañada High senior Gabriel Drill finds himself in the spotlight
La Cañada High School senior Gabriel Drill with State Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, left, and California State Board of Education President Michael Kirst during a trip to Sacramento in January. (Photo courtesy of Irina Mazor)

La Cañada Unified School Board members recognized Tuesday La Cañada High School senior Gabriel Drill for his recent accomplishments at the national level.

Drill was recently named a second alternate for the United States Senate Youth Program, a weeklong event in Washington, D.C., that lets civic-minded students see the nation’s government at work.

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The senior, who also chairs the city’s Youth Council and is actively involved in YMCA’s Youth in Government program, traveled to Sacramento in January to meet State Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and California State Board of Education President Michael Kirst.

Also in January, Drill was named among some 4,500 candidates nationwide as part of the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, an honor given to graduating seniors for superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership, character and community involvement. Finalists will be named in May.

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“As a district we’re extremely proud of his achievements and have enthusiastic confidence … he will continue to do things that benefit our local community as well as our nation,” said LCUSD Supt. Wendy Sinnette, also thanking mom Irina Mazor and dad Eugene Drill for supporting their son’s endeavors.

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