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Award Recipients Recognized

The City of Encinitas Commissions recently presented their 2015 Youth of the Year, Outstanding Parks and Recreation Volunteer, Senior Citizen of the Year, and Service to Seniors awards.

Kennady Tracy was the recipient of the Youth of the Year award from the Youth Commission. Kennady is an accomplished singer-songwriter who was recognized for going above and beyond in serving the Encinitas community. John Rodrigue received the Outstanding Parks and Recreation Volunteer award from the Parks and Recreation Commission for demonstrating leadership and commitment to enhancing and supporting parks and recreation experiences in Encinitas. Those who know John speak about the significant impact that he has made on the lives of the many kids he has coached and mentored. The Senior Citizen Commission and the Encinitas Rotary Club presented Carolyn Cope with the Senior Citizen of the Year title for being a senior citizen role model and for her involvement in many civic and public affairs in the city. Finally, Cecilia Matsko received the Service to Seniors award for selflessly advocating on behalf of senior citizens through her work with the Encinitas Senior Center Nutrition Program.


“This is so very heartwarming to see the great volunteerism in our community,” said Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. “The work that each of these commissions is doing to recognize that work speaks volumes about the heart and soul of residents of all ages, here in what we call home.” The recipients were honored at a City Council meeting and awarded a perpetual plaque that will be displayed at the Encinitas Civic Center. For more information visit