first_img Ariel Ben-Or, 16, of Northridge, attends Granada Hills High School and is ranked No. 13 in the city in cross country. He’s also on the school’s varsity track and soccer teams and earned the Athlete Scholar Award in ninth, 10th and 11th grades. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to [email protected]; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills CA 91367. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Celia Zager, the former head of the San Fernando Valley Fair Housing Council, last week received the Civil Rights Award from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations. Zager recently retired as a Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist at the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. Staples presented its Los Angeles Lakers Student of the Month award for December to Volodymir Martinchuk of Chatsworth. Martinchuk is a recent emigrant from the Ukraine and is a senior at the Centers For Learning in North Hills. In one year, Martinchuk has gone from not knowing a word of English to speaking and writing it fluently. He’s active in school sports and as a teacher’s aide. He’s also an explorer at a local fire station and plans to become a firefighter after graduation. “Everyone in the school looks up to him as a role model due to his positive attitude, great work ethic, leadership skills and willingness to help others,” said Sarah Court, the school’s basketball coach. “The reason I nominated him is because of his strong will to continue to work hard and fight no matter how difficult the challenge.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Martinchuk will receive his award at a special halftime presentation at the Lakers game on Jan. 27. Four San Fernando Valley members from Boy Scout Troop 371 earned the Eagle Scout Award earlier this month at a ceremony at St. Stephen’s Church in Granada Hills. Out of a troop of 20 Scouts, four earning Eagle is a remarkable percentage, according to Scoutmaster Bob Frymire. Daniel Pollack, 18, of Northridge, has earned 46 merit badges since becoming a Tiger Cub at age 6. While attending Cleveland High School’s Humanities Magnet in Reseda, Pollack operated and maintained two computer businesses. Now he attends San Francisco State University and will major in business and accounting. Colin Kelly, 18, of Encino, began Scouting at age 11 and always aspired to become an Eagle Scout. He’s now a full-time bank teller in Encino and will attend college this year in hopes of becoming a commercial pilot. Alexander Bujold, 18, of Encino, attends Pierce College, where he’s just completed Japanese 3. He also earned a $1,000 scholarship from Gov. Gray Davis for exceptional scores in algebra. In high school, he completed Advanced Placement classes in both physics and economics. last_img read more