Teen Hall of Fame: Randy Machado, graduate, Ripon High School

Teens in the Newsroom programDecember 4, 2013 

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    PARENTS: Rich and Cathie Machado

    HOBBIES: Saltwater fish tanks; tutoring, four days a week, four hours a day, with Give Every Child a Chance, a nonprofit

    BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My little brother, Riley. He has Type I diabetes, but rather than feeling sorry for himself, he makes the most of his situation. For instance, this Halloween, he dressed up as “Insulin Man.”

    LAST BOOK I READ FOR PLEASURE: “Time Keeper,” by Mitch Albom

    FAVORITE MOVIE: “Catching Fire” or “The Hunger Games”

    ADVICE FOR KIDS: If you are given the opportunity to do something, don’t waste it. Some opportunities only come around once in a lifetime. Take chances.

    ADVICE FOR ADULTS: The same

    WHERE I’LL BE IN 10 YEARS: Working for Disneyland in its human resources department

Randy Machado is an inspiring citizen. His leadership teacher at Ripon High, Jill Mortensen, said, “In the past two years, I have seen a young soul become a responsible, caring and determined individual.”

During his career at Ripon High, Machado was involved in many programs. He held several officer positions in his school’s leadership program, including junior class activities director, senior class vice president and president. While in leadership, he volunteered for many extra assignments, including the playroom committee. He and three other teens worked together to supply a Modesto hospital room for sick children with books, DVDs and players, among other things.

He also was on the school’s committee to help with its huge dinner/dance fundraiser each year. He single-handedly developed a part of the fundraiser in which professionals would create special desserts to be auctioned off live at the event. Machado also headed up Ripon High’s new five-day event called Winter Fest for winter homecoming.

Machado has been involved in many other areas of the community. He worked with the JROTC program to help instruct younger students to develop into strong leaders. He was also a director at the San Joaquin County 4H camp, in which he was in charge of 30 students.

Machado now attends San Joaquin Delta College but plans to transfer to San Francisco State in the future. He intends to pursue a career in human resources.

Machado is an inspiring individual, liked by many. As Mortensen said: “His passion to do a good job is perfect, and his dependability is difficult to find in young adults. He is an amazing person and I am so blessed that he has been a part of our leadership family. He has shaped this course for the future (and) simply put, he brightens my day, every day.”

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