2017-2018 CSEA Chapter 616 Scholarships Winners

Congratulations to our four student scholarship winners (each of them will receive a $1,000 scholarship), and our one career grant winner (who will receive a $500 grant).

Ariana Fernando, Student Scholarship Winner

Ariana is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the daughter of Clara Fernando, who works at ETHS. She will be attending Westmont College in the fall, and plans to double major in business and accounting & finance. Ariana was a 1st Place Overall Female Soloist in May 2017, and has been an active volunteer at the Saddleback Food Pantry. James Alvarado, her former Latin teacher, stated: “Ariana is a spectacular student and one of the brightest I have taught in my ten years of teaching.” Her English teacher at THHS also shared: “She has consistently demonstrated a high level of teamwork and leadership skill…she is hard working, organized, and expresses her ideas clearly. She is a natural leader and serves as a role model…”

Cassidy Krucli, Student Scholarship Winner

Cassidy is a senior at Mission Viejo High School, and daughter of Sabrina Krucli who also works at MVHS. She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall, majoring in business with a minor in Spanish. Her hope is to work for a progressive business that will improve people’s lives. James Newton, AP at MVHS, shared that Cassidy “is intrinsically motivated to succeed and excels in everything she sets her mind to. Cassidy’s sense of moral purpose and philanthropic nature make her an exemplary student-leader.”

Riley Togashi, Student Scholarship Winner

Riley is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the son of Alinda Togashi who works at Cielo Vista Elementary. Riley will be attending UC Berkley in the fall, and will be majoring in Chemical Biology. His goal is to continue his studies in graduate school and pursue a career in pharmaceutical research. Riley was accepted into the Advanced Biotechnology Summer Program at UC Berkeley during his freshman year. Mrs. Eichenberg from THHS stated, “Riley is a highly motivated student who consistently demonstrates maturity, a solid work ethic, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills…he demonstrated consistent leadership. He was always prepared, completed his work neatly and completely, and served as a leader in group work situations, and is a person that other students knew they could get help from.”

Nicholas Wolff, Student Scholarship Winner

Nicholas is a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and is the son of Natsuko Wolff, a food service assistant at THHS. He plans on attending UCLA in the fall to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. His dream job is to be an aerospace engineer at SpaceX, designing rockets and propulsion systems for future space exploration. Mrs. Eichenberg wrote, “Nick demonstrates strong leadership skills. He is diplomatic but driven. He is well liked and respected by his peers because they know he comes prepared and willing to help them with their questions. He has demonstrated a high level of integrity, and he has an authentic, genuine demeanor.”

Fatima Mendoza, Career Grant Winner

Fatima is currently a Bilingual Parent Advocate at Cordillera Elementary, as well as interning at La Paz Intermediate with their school counselor. Fatima is currently seeking her Masters in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Service certificate and a concentration in School Family Based Counseling. A colleague of hers stated: “Fatima is an individual of excellent character, who is trustworthy and has excellent judgment. She has proved to be a hard worker and her cooperation with parents and school personnel. She takes direction and initiative very well, producing excellent work with others and independently.”

Please join us at our last chapter meeting for the school year on Tuesday, June 12th, at 4:45 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to help us award and celebrate these outstanding students!

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