Lynda Rivers reports for the La Cañada-Flintridge Patch that High School graduate Malia Mailes has been awarded the Caruso Affiliated Spirit of American Youth Scholarship recognizing outstanding community service and leadership. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded to two graduating high school seniors who from the San Fernando or San Gabriel Valleys. Caruso Affiliated seeks out students who have “shown commitment to community improvement and dedication to academic excellence.”
"Mailes is probably best known in La Cañada for her activism regarding the dangers of truck travel on the Angeles Crest Highway," reports Rivers. "Troubled by the history of accidents where the Crest meets Foothill Boulevard, including the September 2008 crash when a truck lost its brakes and careened to a stop next to Hill Street Café, spewing 78,000 pounds of onions across the intersection in the process, Mailes decided to take on the safety issues in a report for her Girl Scouts Gold Award..."
Malia Mailes has been named by the Girls Scouts as their “National Young Woman of Distinction” for her community service and leadership. With that award comes a two-year appointment with the National Board of Girl Scouts. Mailes will work as an advisor to adult scout leaders on how to keep Girl Scouts relevant and interesting to today’s girls and young women.