Madera High School senior Leonardo Pedraza was named Ken Taylor Boy of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Madera Thursday evening. He received the award at a dinner at the Madera Golf and Country Club honoring all nine Ken Taylor Boys of the Month who were eligible for the $1,000 scholarship that went with the award.
“One of the things in which Kenny was especially strong in his support was acknowledging the achievement of young men in Madera,” said Ron Pisk, retired principal of Madera High School, who is Ken Taylor’s brother-in-law. Pisk was on hand with his wife, Terry Pisk, who is Taylor’s sister. Taylor died of cancer in January 2009.
“We have incredibly gifted groups of students that go to Madera’s high schools, but often they don’t get the kind of recognition they deserve,” Pisk said, pointing out that Taylor, who had a long history of coaching for youth baseball programs, was the original spark behind the Boy of the Montyh program. “It was his way of saying, ‘Look at the good things that kids do’.”
Pedraza also was named Kenny Taylor Athlete of Integrity by the high school booster organization FAN (For High School Athletic Needs) at the group’s annual banquet May 4.