[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
87°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 20
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]


"Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange" by Charmaine Agawin of Santa Clarita’s sister city, Sariaya.

“Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange” by Charmaine Agawin of Santa Clarita’s sister city, Sariaya.

(Read Choi’s essay below)

 

Two community members representing the Santa Clarita Sister Cities program are among a few distinguished young artists and authors to be recognized at this year’s Sister Cities International annual conference in San Antonio, Tex., July 12 through 14.

“The City is thrilled to have two youth participants from our Sister Cities program recognized for their contributions to strengthening cultural understanding through writing and art,” said Mayor Bob Kellar.

Youth, ages 13-to-18, were asked to create an original work of art, essay or poem to capture the theme – the power of exchange.

Ashley Choi, a Valencia High School student, was awarded the $1,000 grand prize forher essay, “The Powerful Exchange of Love.”

“This is the first time a local student has won the grand prize for a submission featured as part of this international program,” Kellar said.

Capturing the true essence of this year’s Sister Cities theme, the essay was chosen based on Ashley’s real-life experiences, generosity, and selflessness in helping others within remote communities.

Charmaine Agawin, from Santa Clarita’s sister city Sariaya, Philippines, was also chosen as one of five international finalists for her artwork, “Enlightenment and Progress through Exchange.”

”We’re excited to show the world how Santa Clarita is creating and strengthening partnerships in our city as well as other international communities,” Kellar said.

Both the essay and artwork will be showcased at the Sister Cities International annual conference, with the art piece touring select United States cities in the coming year.

The Santa Clarita Valley International Program, through its Sister Cities Program and in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, offers local students the unique opportunity to submit entries for the annual Young Authors and Artists Showcase in the spring of each year.

These art and literary competitions give students the opportunity to express their ideas of global citizenship, cross-cultural communication, and global issues through different art forms.

Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization that fosters partnership among communities around the globe to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, one individual at a time.

Santa Clarita currently has a Sister Cities relationship with Tena, Ecuador in South America and Sariaya, Quezon in the Philippines.

– David Mariuz

 

 

The Powerful Exchange of Love

Seung Won Choi

Santa Clarita Sister Cities

Santa Clarita, CA

 

 

When the word of exchange comes to mind, many people think of two groups of people who exchange goods for the benefit of each other. In history, we have seen two different groups exchange each other. But as time passed, communities have come together filled with compassion to help others. I believe that this type of exchange is especially powerful to not only one side of the exchange, but to both. Through these exchanges, we fill up each other’s weaknesses and needs. Today, society helps one other through our strengths to give to others. Through this powerful exchange, talents and gifts can be given to other areas of the world. To me, when I hear the “power of exchange,” I think of my trip to Mexico in the summer.

 

During the summer, I was blessed to be able to have the opportunity to go to Mexico to build a house for the less fortunate in Mexico. These people lived with conditions that were different from what I was used to. I spent four days building a house with a group of people for this family without a home. Building this home, I felt like I was exchanging love and effort into this house that would become an important part of the family’s lives. I felt that I was able to give this new family a house built with love, while I was able to receive the family’s heart of thankfulness. Instead of feeling like I only gave something to this family, I felt like I received something much more important. I was able to realize how blessed I am to live in such a sheltered society not having to have any problems financially or any first-world problems that strike many families today. While building this house, I was able to communicate with the family even though we were from two different places without a common language. Through common interests and ideas, I was not only able to build a house, but a relationship out of love. Through this experience, the long-term effect it had on me was that I was able to learn more about the world that we live in, instead of only being limited to the society that I live in. I was able to make new friends through this memorable exchange and remember how important it is to help others.

 

My experience in Mexico had a profound effect on not only on the community, but to me especially. I believe that the exchange between these two different groups is significant and can help the world to become closer together as one united society. This experience left me striving to have a compassionate heart that seeks other opportunities to help other unfortunate people in the world. Ultimately, this type of exchange can help the community to change for the better, hand-in-hand.

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LATEST CITY HEADLINES
Monday, Aug 20, 2018
The city of Santa Clarita's Planning Commission will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, starting at 6 p.m.
Monday, Aug 20, 2018
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking community feedback by noon Friday, Aug. 31 on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
Monday, Aug 20, 2018
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of film and television productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley the week of Aug. 20-26, 2018.
Friday, Aug 17, 2018
The Canyon Country Community Center’s next Sock Hop is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug 17, 2018
Nightly lane closures are scheduled to start Monday on Sierra Highway near Highway 14 as crews begin a paving project in and near the city of Santa Clarita, the California Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
As Princess Cruises fleet expansion continues, the premium international cruise line reveals the name of the ship it will launch in 2020 – Enchanted Princess.
Princess Cruises Reveals Name of Fifth Royal-Class Ship
The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2018 season on the road at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular season games slated for the 2018 campaign.
Sept. 1: COC Cougars Kick Off 2018 Football Season
The next Santa Clarita Community College District’s Board of Trustees meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 22, starting at 4 p.m.
Aug. 22: COC Board of Trustees Business Meeting
Realtors helped close escrow during July on 215 single-family home sales and 90 condominiums throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Friday.
SCV Home, Condo Sales Softened in July, Resale Prices Climbed Higher
Bridge to Home is expanding its services to homeless people in the Santa Clarita Valley with increased funding from Measure H, and its new offices are getting a makeover donated by a local painting company.
Bridge to Home Expands, Gets Makeover from SCV Painting Company
Patricia Giggans has been elected chairperson and Priscilla Ocen has been approved as the vice chair of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, which works to boost transparency and increase trust between communities and the Sheriff’s Department.
LASD Civilian Oversight Panel Elects New Leadership
The city of Santa Clarita's Planning Commission will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, starting at 6 p.m.
Aug. 21: Santa Clarita Planning Commission Regular Meeting
Ty Culbreth delivered one of his season’s best performances, but the bullpen failed to protect a one-run lead in the eighth as the San Jose Giants rallied to beat the JetHawks, 4-1, on Sunday at Municipal Stadium.
JetHawks Bullpen Falters in Late Loss to Giants Sunday
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its crime information and public safety report for Castaic-Val Verde (Zone 2) for the week of Aug. 6-12, 2018.
Crime Blotter: Grand Theft, Burglary, Petty Theft in Castaic-Val Verde
California State University, Northridge will mark its 60th anniversary by inviting alumni from across the decades to take part in a Grand Reunion celebration at the campus Oct. 14-16.
CSUN to Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary with a Grand Reunion
Air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive people in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, according to an advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
SCV Air Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive People Tuesday
State tax revenue on cannabis sales jumped from $60.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 to $74.2 million in the second quarter, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported Monday.
Cannabis Tax Revenue Hits New High in 2nd Quarter 2018
The city of Santa Clarita is seeking community feedback by noon Friday, Aug. 31 on a public safety grant proposal for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
City Seeks Community Feedback on Proposed JAG Grant Application
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of film and television productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley the week of Aug. 20-26, 2018.
‘Santa Clarita Diet,’ ‘Killer Therapy,’ ‘Dead Wrong’ Now Shooting in SCV
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has published and will distribute 10,000 copies of its 2018-2019 SCV Business & Community Guide this week.
SCV Chamber Publishes New Business, Community Guide
The California Transportation Commission has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, including rehab of the southbound Highway 14 offramp to Sierra Highway.
State SB1 Funds to Help Rehab Highway 14 Sierra Highway Offramp
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Persons Unit were seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jennifer “Jenny” Sison Mariano Monday, and she has been found and is "doing OK" according to a relative.
Missing Stevenson Ranch Woman Found, ‘Doing OK’
A federal judge in Los Angeles approved a settlement Friday requiring the Trump administration to prepare and implement plans to protect eight “wild and scenic” rivers in Southern California, including Piru Creek west of Santa Clarita.
Feds Settle to Protect Piru Creek, 7 More California Rivers
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia is proud to support National Breast Feeding Awareness Month during August and announces its designation as a breast milk drop-off location.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Supports Breast Feeding Awareness Month
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its crime information and public safety report for Saugus (Zone 4) for the week of July 30-Aug. 5, 2018.
Crime Blotter: Grand Theft, Fire in Saugus
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has redesigned portions of the website for easier access to the most frequently used online services.
DMV Launches Updated Website with Improved Online Services
The Lancaster JetHawks dropped the middle game of their three-game series in San Jose, 6-2, to the Giants to on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium.
Series Even After JetHawks Fall to Giants Saturday
A federal judge has approved a joint plan by the Justice Department and American Civil Liberties Union to reunify parents who were deported without their kids under the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, though whether they will be allowed to return to the United States to seek asylum remains in limbo.
Judge OK’s DOJ-ACLU Plan to Reunite Kids, Deported Parents
Brian Serven delivered three hits, including a triple that led to the game-tying run and an extra-innings home run, to lead the JetHawks to a 9-6 win over the San Jose Giants in 10 innings on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.
JetHawks Come Back in 9th, Win in Extras Friday
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]
Search teams found the body of a man Saturday evening in a remote Santa Barbara County canyon near the Hot Springs Trailhead, where a vehicle belonging to a missing Los Angeles County Fire Department captain from Newhall was found Friday afternoon.
Body Found in Santa Barbara Near Missing Fire Captain’s Car
1879 - Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri [story]
1946 - Pioneering Placerita Canyon movie producer Trem Carr dies in San Diego [story]
The JetHawks got some much-needed offense to beat Stockton, 9-7, Thursday night at The Hangar to end a five-game losing streak.
Offense Comes Through, JetHawks End 5-Game Skid
The Canyon Country Community Center’s next Sock Hop is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 7 p.m.
Aug. 25: Sock Hop at Canyon Country Community Center
Results of the first full year of Measure H funding are in, demonstrating widespread progress as services ramped up and thousands of individuals and families were housed temporarily or permanently, Los Angeles County officials said Friday.
Measure H First Year: Housing for 7,500, Help for Thousands More
The fire that destroyed the historic Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus Aug. 11-12 was an accident, Sgt. John Hanson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Arson & Explosives squad said Friday morning.
Big Oaks Lodge Fire an Accident, Arson Investigators Say
Lawmakers advanced a controversial bill Thursday that aims to reform California’s money bail system though recent amendments have alarmed advocates who say the current bill could authorize prosecutors and judges to promote indefinite pretrial detention.
State Lawmakers Advance Bail Overhaul, Police Transparency Bills
Nightly lane closures are scheduled to start Monday on Sierra Highway near Highway 14 as crews begin a paving project in and near the city of Santa Clarita, the California Department of Transportation announced Friday.
Caltrans to Repave 19 Miles of Sierra Highway in SCV
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Senior College and University Commission has placed The Master's University & Seminary on probation after a visiting WSCUC team in March found TMUS out of compliance with numerous accreditation standards.
‘Climate of Fear,’ Admin Issues Lead to Probation for The Master’s University
Reversing a trial court and an appellate panel, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that asylum-seeking children with one parent living in the United States need only notify the foreign parent of their plans to seek resident status in the U.S.
California Justices Lift Custody Hurdle for Asylum-Seeking Kids