Sonoma State University sophomore Claudia Sisomphou was honored as the Student Volunteer of the Year at the North Bay Business Journal's Nonprofit Conference and Leadership Awards held at SSU October 30.
Her brief acceptance speech was filled with words of wisdom beyond her years. "Compassion is the greatest thing you can share with someone," she said. "I do hope that by receiving this award, my peers will recognize how valuable and empowering community service really is."
Sisomphou, a graduate of El Molino High School in Forestville, has been volunteering since middle school with groups like the American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the AIDS food bank Food for Thought. "She involved volunteering and service as part of her daily life," said SSU President Ruben Armiñana, introducing the award recipient at the conference. "She is one of those people who will break barriers."