This week, 100 San Diego County high school Associated Student Body (ASB) presidents were honored as outstanding student leaders at the 57th Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders
Luncheon. The keynote speaker was San Diego's Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, who was honored at the 1996 Laurels for Leaders luncheon in his capacity as ASB President of Clairemont’s Madison High School.
The luncheon, sponsored by the Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders Foundation, is the biggest and best collection of student leaders in one place, at one time, in San Diego County.
At the event, ASB Presidents are joined by teachers, principals, families and friends for a luncheon, guest speaker and awards ceremony. The award includes a cash gift donated by generous supporters of Laurels. Sponsors and supporters include leaders from all sectors of the communities in the county; business, industry, religion, education, government, military and service organizations.
An added bonus to the program is the Martin Luther King Food Drive where volunteers from various high schools in the country participate in collecting for the Food Bank. Last year 26 participating high schools collected more than 28,000 pounds of food donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The Food Bank provided more than 23,000 meals, of which almost half of were for young people 18 and under.
Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders was established in 1957 as a way of honoring and recognizing the achievements of ASB presidents of San Diego County high schools. The luncheon is held in February each year around the time of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.