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Give Every Child awards $1,000 scholarships to seniors

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POSTED August 3, 2012 8:57 p.m.

Give Every Child A Chance is proud to award a $1,000 scholarship each year to recognize graduating seniors, not only for their work in the classroom, but their work within the community helping and assisting organizations that truly make a difference.

It is my please to introduce to you our 2012 scholarship recipients:

Hilda Martinez-Mora from Manteca High School: Volunteered at our annual bowl-a-thon and tutored at Nile Garden School. She also volunteered with Doctors Hospital of Manteca and several other organizations. In the fall she plans to attend California State University Fresno.

Victoria Watson from Sierra High School: Volunteered with us for many years at our annual Bowl-a-thon. She has logged thousands of hours with various organizations including Manteca Police Explorers Post, Manteca Youth Focus and started the event Bark-toberfest to benefit the Manteca Police Canine Unit. She plans to major in criminal justice at Sonoma State University.

Jazelle Prado from Weston Ranch High School: Volunteered with us over a two year period. She also served at Kaiser Permanente for two summers. Because of her work ethic she was chosen to train new volunteers. Recently she was a cabin leader for Science Camp. Her Vice Principal started in a support letter that she has excellent leadership skills and has the ability to motivate younger students.

Blanca Aguirre from East Union High School: Blanca has completed hundreds of hours of service with us tutoring in English, Math and Science. She also served as a Spanish Translator for parents of children in our program. She has been involved with AVID and Migrant Education. She plans to attend Mills College and major in psychology.

Priscilla Fernandez from Lathrop High School: She began her volunteer experience with us during her sophomore year and realized that becoming a mentor required passion, dedication and patience. She stated in her application, “The feeling you get when your student is struggling in school and comes to you a few weeks later thanking you for helping raise their grade is unbelievable.” She plans to attend Modesto Junior College in the fall.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers and those that we serve everyday, thank you. We wish you the best of luck as you continue your educational pursuits.

Until next time remember: “The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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