Nick Portales began volunteering in El Sol’s kitchen in October 2009. He needed community service hours for his high school and was under 17, so his dad worked alongside in the kitchen. Since that day, Nick has barely missed a Saturday morning volunteering at El Sol. After completing his community service requirements, Nick found he really enjoyed helping out at El Sol. He said: “Not only is volunteering at El Sol a great way to help our community, it also enables me to gain valuable experience that colleges look for nowadays. Nick attends Dreyfoos School of the Arts where the saxophone and the Band Department are his major areas of focus. He will graduate in 2013. So far, his top list of colleges include New York University, Boston University, George Washington University, and the University of St. Andrews (UK). He hopes to study international relations and possibly a dual major in a language although he’s not yet sure which one. One of Nick’s long-time team members in the kitchen on Saturday mornings is Miguel Santiago. Miguel says of Nick: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nick in the kitchen since he began his community service schedule. Most students don’t come back after completing their required community service hours. You don’t have to tell Nick what to do; he does it, without ever complaining. Nick will be truly missed once he leaves for college. Nick is a Florida native. He has two younger brothers and hopes they, too, will continue the Portales tradition of being an El Sol volunteer.