Michelle Missaggia Daly, left, and Angela Varian Schroeter are members of the Class of 1988 at Carondelet High School in Concord. Daly, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, presented the alumna of the year award to Schroeter.
Clean water advocate named
Carondelet alumna of the year
Carondelet High School named Angela Varian Schroeter its 2017 Alumna of the Year, recognizing her commitment to living the Carondelet mission.
"Angela is a woman of courage by standing up against the powerful farming industry to fight for clean water," said classmate Michelle Missaggia Daly '88, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, who presented the award.
"She is a woman of heart by doing it relentlessly because of her belief in protecting the voiceless. And she is a woman of faith by believing she was doing the right thing even when she may have questioned it. We are so proud to see her living the Carondelet mission and making meaningful changes in our world," Daly said.
A member of the Carondelet Class of 1988, Schroeter was graduated from UC-Davis with a double-major in geology and environmental policy and analysis. She continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a master's degree in hydrogeology. She became a groundwater specialist who focuses on environmental justice and helping disadvantaged communities.
Schroeter's sister, Skye Hayworth '91, who nominated her, said her sister is a tireless advocate for those most affected by contaminated groundwater. As a supervising engineering geologist with the State Water Resources Control Board, Schroeter successfully worked to expand requirements for irrigated agriculture to protect groundwater in the Central Coast area of California from further contamination.
"At the heart of her work lies her truest conviction — that healthy drinking water is a universal right," Hayworth said.
When she returned to Carondelet on May 15 to receive her award during the senior assembly, Schroeter addressed the school's 800 students, saying: "I am excited to see so many young women, so capable and full of energy, ready to change the world. Our future is very literally in your hands."
Schroeter implored students to discover their passions and listen to their faith. "What is God calling you to do?" she asked, adding "work hard, be courageous and use your talents and skills in service of others who are less fortunate than you."
"Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable to being your best self," Schroeter advised. "And never underestimate your ability to make a positive impact and change the world around you!"
"Angela is a beautiful example of the Carondelet mission in action, as well as a role model and inspiration to our current students and her fellow alumnae," said Kathleen Henggeler, Carondelet's Director of Alumnae Engagement.
Schroeter is a loving wife to husband, Robert, a De La Salle alum; a devoted mother to Gabriella and Justin; and an active volunteer and leader in her parish.
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