It has been quite a year for Camden Hills Regional High School senior Carlos Baeza.

He was a team captain and manager for the Windjammer boys basketball team that reached the state Class B final. He was honored with Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award at the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Weekend last month.

And now Baeza is being honored by the state of Maine.

Baeza is set to be recognized by the Maine State Legislature as the Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award/East Division recipient inside the Legislative Chamber on Thursday, April 1.

Baeza and guests will have a meet and greet with representative Joan Welsh prior to sitting in on the legislative chamber meeting, set for 9 a.m. Baeza and his guests, Inirida Baeza, Carlos’s mother; Jeff Hart, Camden Hills varsity boys basketball coach; and Mike Ortins, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Board Member of Ronald McDonald House Charities, will then be recognized by the chamber.

The Maine McDonald’s® Owner/Operator Association presented its second annual Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Awards to Molly Mooney of Gray-New Gloucester High School and Baeza. Mooney and Baeza received their awards at the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Awards Banquet on March 12 at Husson University in Bangor. In addition, Baeza and Mooney each received a $500 Spirit Scholarship to assist with their higher education needs.

Baeza, who has overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy, is a four-year team manager for the Camden Hills basketball team and was selected as team captain this year. He is the only team manager in the school’s history to be named as a team captain. In 2006-2007, Baeza served as class president and received the Principal’s Award. He was a member of the debate team and Amnesty International and was named Homecoming King in 2009.

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