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Two students get recognized for their positive impact on the community

Published On: Jul 19 2013 08:03:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 08:03:24 PM CDT

Two local students have been recognized for some outstanding achievements.

Out of 35,000 nominees across the country, seven-year-old Alonzo Borchert of Cottonwood and 18-year-old Jessica MacDonald of Red Bluff have been recognized for their positive impact on their communities.

Alonzo Borchert may seem like your typical seven-year-old, but besides loving extracurricular activities, he also loves helping people out.

Over the past three years he has given up his birthday presents and instead has asked for food, so he could donate it to Anderson Cottonwood Christian Assistance.

"Other kids get toys and don't really use them they just throw them in the closet and thought I should put my presents to use,"said Borchert.

So far he has donated more than 2,100 pounds of food.

"It makes me feel better 'cause when other people are happy, I'm happy," said Borchert. "I want to get more food and donate every single year.”

In Red Bluff there is an 18-year-old girl who has been doing everything she can to fight cancer.

Jessica MacDonald founded the NorCal Hero Ride For Life event. it’s an annual event were participants ride on horseback to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

It started as just an idea when she was in the eighth grade.

"My aunt was battling cancer at the time so it kind of touched close to my heart and then I’ve been riding horses since I was three, so it fit perfectly,” said MacDonald.

Through the years, the event has grown bigger.

"We’ve raised over $160 thousand to donate to them,"said MacDonald.

MacDonald said she hopes the event continues to grow and that many cancer patients will continue to benefit from it.

"Seeing the smiles on people’s faces is what I truly do it for,”said Macdonald.

Each student received a $1,000 scholarship from Kohls.