Sabrina Cuevas, In Memoriam
Vanguard school celebrates the life of 2012 graduate, Sabrina Cuevas, a true champion.
Sabrina came to Vanguard School from Wheeling High School in November of 2008. She joined Team Kosirog.
Considered "at-risk" at intake, Sabrina evolved into an exemplary Vanguard success story. She took advantage of the opportunities Vanguard offered. As a camper, her athleticism, compassion and leadership were among strengths that made her a standout on Vanguard trips.
In addition, Sabrina took full advantage of the service-learning component of the Vanguard progra She was a valued employee at Mary Marzulo Salon. In addition, Sabrina volunteered for a special service opportunity. She became a founding member of the "Girls Group". Under the direction of staff sponsor, Megan McCann, this group of Vanguard students mentored junior high school girls at Chippewa Junior High. The focus is self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and other critical issues that affect young girls on the verge of adolescence.
In 2011, Sabrina led girls group in writing and submitting a grant application to the Youth Service Challenge. They were awarded $1000, funded by the HandOn Network, for their special service project, "Women’s Empowerment Day."
She struggled academically, but she overcame obstacles, set her mind to success, and turned it around to become not only successful, but a leader in the classroom.
Sabrina was a key member on Team Kosirog. Her outgoing personality and leadership contributed a great deal to daily discussions. She provided leadership in team service projects and team building events. She volunteered to represent the team in the annual spirit week pie eating contest, where she was a two-time champion.
Sabrina graduated from Vanguard School in June of 2012, earning a District 214 diploma from Wheeling High School. Following graduation, Sabrina worked two jobs to save money to achieve her goal of attending a university. While her career goals were undecided she hoped to pursue higher education to work in the medical field.
In the fall of 2012, Sabrina was diagnosed with an aggressive late stage cancer. She was tenacious, brave and outspoken in her battle. To inspire others, raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancers, Sabrina volunteered to be the keynote speaker at the Forest View Educational Center St. Baldrick’s event. She delivered a powerful message of strength and perseverance in a video taped appearance.
On Sunday morning, November 10, 2013, Sabrina lost her battle. Vanguard School will remember her as a true champion.