Receives $2,500 scholarship
By Chris Fish
SATELLITE BEACH -- A senior at Satellite High School achieved an outstanding honor this month, after being named the National PAL Youth of the Year for 2013.
Liza Creatura, 17, will receive a $2,500 scholarship in San Diego, Calif., on May 22. The scholarship is in recognition of Liza's involvement with the Police Athletic League, her grades and community service involvement.
"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I thought it didn't happen because there was a day we were supposed to know by, and we didn't hear anything."
Last year, Liza won the Florida PAL Youth of the Year award, which earned her a $1,000 scholarship, as well as a laptop for college.
Liza said her involvement with the Satellite Beach Pal program, which was designed to promote positive relationships between police officers and youth through community-based educational and recreational opportunities, has changed her life.
"It's been a blessing and an honor. I was so overwhelmed when I won for the state of Florida, and (winning for) the whole country is insane," she said. "I never expected it to go where it did when I was younger. I just figured that I would join and do what the older kids did. I never thought I would travel to places and so many (life changing) opportunities."
Rene Ingram, director of the Satellite Beach PAL program, said she is thrilled with Liza's accomplishment.
"I've never met a more deserving young lady," she said. "Very rarely do you see someone her age who is honest and hardworking. She has a heart where everyone is treated equal."
For the future, Liza plans to spend a year at Brevard Community College, and then transfer to the University of Central Florida in Orlando to study hospitality management.