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WZM Award presented to Noel Villalobos on May 22, 2018 - Pasadena High School







I have learned compassion throughout my experiences playing sports and as a student. As I go through my own struggles in life it reminds me that everyone around faces their own battles. Whether through umpiring or tutoring I have felt my compassion grow as I view situations through different perspectives.

Playing softball taught me to have compassion for those who have difficult jobs, such as umpires. The umpires have one chance to get a call right, and are criticized when they make a mistake. As a player I joined the mob, becoming angry because of one call. However, when I became an umpire I understood the pressure one faces when many people are counting on you. From this different perspective I realized that mistakes should be forgiven no matter how blatantly wrong they are. Through my times as umpiring I have learned to be compassionate towards others when the job they are doing is not easy and they are trying the best they can. My compassion has grown through becoming an umpire and helping the young players. I always strive to protect the players and ensure they have a fun and safe game. When a coach or parent becomes overly excited and yells at the girls I make sure to encourage the players and provide support for them.

Another area of my life I learn and perform compassion is in school. I was always quick to criticize a teacher if they made a mistake. However, tutoring and volunteering at my local library has allowed me to view educators in a new light. While tutoring I found it difficult to explain certain topics and found myself making a few mistakes. Through these struggles I realized it can be challenging to help others learn and it is important to give others grace. In addition to tutoring, I worked as a volunteer at my library reading to children over the summer. I loved working with the kids to improve their reading and found myself becoming more empathetic. Although I made mistakes while reading with the children, they did not laugh or become upset. After finishing the program I have tried to incorporate this automatic forgiveness I had experienced throughout my life while dealing with family members, friends or strangers.

Through these acts I have found a greater compassion for helping others especially children. I hope to continue to be able to help others especially as I gain more knowledge throughout college to make a difference.


Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(818) 834-5925


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