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SCVi Senior Named County Volunteer of the Year

| SC Living | April 25, 2015

Pictured left to Right: Amber Raskin (SCVi and iLEAD Schools Co-Founder), Evan Decker (Honoree – Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year), Dawn Evenson (SCVi and iLEAD Schools Co-Founder). Photo courtesy of SCVi Charter School.

Pictured left to Right: Amber Raskin (SCVi and iLEAD Schools Co-Founder), Evan Decker (Honoree – Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year), Dawn Evenson (SCVi and iLEAD Schools Co-Founder). Photo courtesy of SCVi Charter School.

A student from SCVi Charter School was recently named Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by county officials.

One of 66 county volunteers honored at the ceremony, student senior Evan Decker was recognized for his ongoing work as a docent at the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall.

“The Hart Museum calls him ‘Professor Decker,’ because Evan is just that: a natural teacher, historian and dedicated museum professional,” a museum official said in Decker’s nomination letter.

“Thanks to Evan’s efforts, we have incorporated new information into our stories, accessed historical documents previously unknown to us and started gaining a better sense of our collections,” the letter continued. “We are becoming a better museum because of Evan and we’re delighted to have such a talent on our team.”

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As a volunteer docent, Decker assists museum staff in all aspects of operations, including leading tours, assisting with special events, conducting historical research and helping with collections care.

In keeping with SCVi’s curriculum, Decker spent the fall and spring semesters of his 10th grade school year restoring Mentryville, a “ghost town” in the Santa Clarita Valley left over from the oil boom years, according to school officials.

Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony at the iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, including all five Los Angeles County supervisors. Mayor Michael D. Antonovich presented Decker with his award, while his friends, family and museum co-workers looked on.

“We are so proud of Evan and all his hard work,” said SCVi Founder Dawn Evenson. “And we know that Evan will continue to make a difference in the years to come.”

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Melissa Lampert worked as a Staff Writer at Valley Publications from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016. She was a News and Features contributor to the Santa Clarita Gazette and Canyon Country Magazine. A Staff Writer at KHTS AM-1220 since Feb. 2014, Melissa was promoted to Features Director after serving as Interim News Director from April – May 2016. She has published feature stories in The Signal and College of the Canyons’ Cougar News and previously worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. To follow Melissa Lampert’s work, visit her professional Facebook page.

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