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Hannah Levy, 2012 CSLA Junior Lifeguard of the Year

By sufelle | December 5, 2012

Photo of injured Hannah Levy after Regional Flag Competition

Long Beach Junior Lifeguard of the Year, Hannah Levy was chosen as this year’s California Surf Lifesaving Junior Lifeguard of the Year. Her career 4.0+ GPA and multiple honors and awards, including “Principal’s Merit Award” and “Excellence in Physical Education Award”, are just the tip of the iceberg in her achievements. Hannah and her Wilson High dance partner received the 2012 “Best Choreographers of the Year Award” for their depiction of the battle against cancer in dance. She is also part of a Wilson freshman welcoming club called Link Crew.

Hannah’s numerous extra-curricular activities include Karate, where, at her studio, she was the youngest female to receive an adult black belt at the age of 11. She has participated in swim-a-thons, half marathons and Relay for Life eves supporting such worthy causes as the American Cancer Society.

Levy quickly excelled to varsity as a rower with Long Beach Jr. Crew, where she received the “Most Inspirational Award” in 2011, helping her team win both the San Diego Crew Classic and Southwest Jr. Regionals, qualifying them for Nationals, where they placed 5th.

She has also been an integral part of the Long Beach Junior Lifeguard program for the past six summers, competing in the annual Stud Ironman where she reduced her initial time of 3:04:00 by half to 1:34:00. Hannah initiated a group of her fellow junior guards to compete in the 2012 Mega Colossus, (an 8.5 mile run interspersed with 4000 yards of swimming), encouraging them along by having them stick together and finish as a group. Her character is exemplified in such moments as jumping into a run-swim-run event during a meet, just so a Seal Beach JG wouldn’t be the only female competitor. Or during round 4 of Flags at Regionals when she was injured by one of the other competitors and yet walked out of the flag pit with a smile on her face.

Levy’s contributions have not only impacted the Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, but the the Fire Department as well.  After three hours of JGs, Hannah has another three hours of dance and rowing everyday. One of the Department’s Rescue Boat Stations shares the building with the Rowing Center and every Marine Safety member has commented on “how friendly the blonde girl with the big smile is”. Her commitment also extends to her community, where her quick thinking along with the basic first aid skills she acquired through junior guards enabled her to assist her elderly neighbor who had fallen and broken her hip.

Motivation, dedication, athleticism and leadership are just a few of the qualities that typify Hannah Levy, earning her California Surf Lifesaving Junior Lifeguard of the Year. Her parents commented, “We are so thrilled for Hannah and obviously very proud as well.  She has the heart of a lion and the soul of an angel.”

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