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2004 Scholarship Winners

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Andrea Aguirre: Andrea Aguirre is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She is captain of the championship dance team and actively involved in the Highlighters Vocal Group, Key Club and United Skagit Filipino American Organization. She volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and is interested in becoming a pediatrician. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Alvaro Alfaro:Alvaro Alfaro is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He is involved in MEChA and recently attended the MEChA State Conference. He has coached boys' indoor soccer, tutored a fifth grader and is a translator in the high school counseling center. He would like a career in technology. He will receive $500.00 from Skagit Valley College MEChA to attend Skagit Valley College.

Jaime Barker: Jaime Barker is a senior at South Whidbey High School. She is an active member of the Snoqualmie Tribe and shares her culture by demonstrating beading and pottery to young students. She volunteers for Hearts and Hammers which helps low-income families repair their homes. She would like to attend a university and study tribal law. She will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Rebecca Bray: Rebecca Bray is a senior at Emerson School. She has provided artwork for the cover of the yearbook and art and poetry for Daze and Knights-a literary publication. She has walked dogs for the Humane Society and volunteered at the Salvation Army. She hopes to pursue her interests in poetry, art and environmental studies at the Evergreen State College. She will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Krystal Cancelada: Krystal Cancelada is a senior at Anacortes High School where she is a Natural Helper. She assists new Spanish speaking students and helps translate for ARIS. She gathered the Chicano students together and formed MEChA. She plans to major in international studies and languages, hoping to add Arabic to her English and Spanish. She will receive $500.00 from Allstate Sylvia Cuevas to attend Skagit Valley College.

Ernestina Carrasco: Ernestina Carrasco is a twelfth grader at Burlington-Edison High School. She has been a peer tutor in regular classrooms assisting teachers with the translation for English Language Learners. She has helped raise money for a new church and for scholarships as well as tutored bilingual students on her own time. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Glenda Castillo: Glenda Castillo is a Cascades Job Corps student and a senior at State Street High School. She came from El Salvador to the U.S. 3 years ago. She holds a dorm leadership role and has accumulated 48 hours of community service. Glenda has completed 225 hours of work-based learning. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Suzanne Cruchon: Suzanne Cruchon is a senior at South Whidbey High School where she is a superior student. She has been an orientation counselor for 4-H international exchange programs hosting Japanese and Norwegian exchange students. She has been the school mascot, worked with the Americorps program and has fundraised for several causes. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Gustavo. Fernandez (NO PHOTO): Gustavo Fernandez is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He is committed to helping his peers and served as a school mentor for 3 years. He has been enrolled as a Reserved Officer Training Corps member for 2 years. He would like to become a law enforcement officer. He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Emmanuel Gracia: Emmanuel Garcia is a senior at Mount Vernon High School where he is one of their top students. He has taken a rigorous course of study and is currently serving as a science intern. He plans to continue his education by pursuing science in a research format at the University of Washington. He will receive $1500.00 to attend the University of Washington.

Krystal Garza: Krystal Garza is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School where she maintains a 3.75 GPA. She has been invaluable as a tutor for students and as translator for staff. She plans to become a bilingual teacher where she can use her skills as a translator. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Western Washington University.

Maria Gomez: Maria Gomez is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She has helped her parents in the community by translating whenever they need to do business. She also works in the English Language Learners' class at the high school. She plans on furthering her education at Skagit Valley College. She will receive $850.00 from Mercado del Mundo to attend Skagit Valley College.

Xochil Hernandez: Xochil Hernandez is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She came to the U.S. 3 years ago with limited English skills. She is a student athlete, playing on the tennis team as well as being an officer in the French club. She is member of the Future Farmers of America Organization but her true love is drama. She hopes to pursue a career in theater. She will receive $2400.00 from KSVR Radio to attend Skagit Valley College.

Barbara Johnson-Camero: Barbara Johnson-Camero is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She is active in ROTC and is recognized as a class leader. She is also a Natural Helper and Peer Mentor who enjoys helping others. She was elected to Girls' State and is serving as a peer mediator. Barbara plans to major in early childhood education. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Lacey Kennison: Lacey Kennison is a twelfth grader at Emerson School. A positive role model, she has been active in the Student Council. She is always the first to volunteer for school functions as well as in the community at the Oasis Teen Shelter, the Neighbors- in-Need Food Bank and planting trees for Skagit Fisheries. She plans on attending Skagit Valley College. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Enrique Lopez: Enrique Lopez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He has learned from his own experience and has become a great role model for others. He is involved in MEChA and is active in sports. He plans to attend a 4-year university and show others that he can be a leader in whatever field he chooses. He will receive $1000.00 to attend Eastern Washington University.

Salvador Lopez: Salvador Lopez is a 12th grader at Sedro Woolley High School. He is a role model in his school, maintains a 3.6 GPA and participates in varsity soccer. He is always willing to help out as needed especially with translating and acting as a guide to new students. He is a strong student dedicated to pursuing post secondary education. He will receive $500.00 from the Carlos Ordonez Memorial Scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

Mayra Manzano (NO PHOTO): Mayra Manzano is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. Mayra has served as an English Language Learner peer tutor where she interprets for Spanish speaking students. She has participated in church events, volunteered for the Mother's Day Celebration and planted trees on Hwy 2. She plans to become a teacher. She will receive $500.00 from Fiestas Patrias to attend Skagit Valley College.

Christina Martinez: Christina Martinez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has volunteered at the Skagit Literacy Program, the WIC program and has served as a Link Leader. She will be the first in her family to attend college. She would like to go into social work or medicine and eventually earn a PhD. With a 3.65 GPA, she is bound to succeed. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Western Washington University.

Rodolfo Martinez: Rodolfo Martinez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Consistently taking the toughest classes, he has succeeded academically. He is a true leader. He has become a mentor/tutor for struggling 9th and 10th graders. With a 3.29 GPA, Rodolfo plans to attend a 4-year university. He will receive $1500.00 to attend Central Washington University.

Andrew Mayville: Andrew Mayville is a senior at Emerson School. He is an active member of Student Council, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Skagit Fisheries and sand bagging. He works with the Skagit Truancy Program as the Student Facilitator. He plans to attend Skagit Valley College to pursue a career in culinary arts. He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Tobias McLeod: Tobias McLeod is a senior at La Conner High School. Toby is a model student who will likely be the first Samish Indian student to be valedictorian of his graduating class. He has been an integral part of the Ocean Sciences Bowl, Science Olympiad and LCHS Knowledge Bowl teams. With a 4.0 GPA, Toby will pursue his love of science at a university. He will receive $2000.00 from NCOSP/National Science Foundation to attend a selected college in Washington State.

Yalda Ortega: Yalda Ortega is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She is one of the original founders of MEChA on the high school campus. She has challenged herself with rigorous college bound classes and plans on pursuing a career in biology. She is in the top 15% of her class with a 3.67 GPA. She will receive $2000.00 from NCOSP/National Science Foundation to attend a selected college in Washington state.

Elizabeth Posas: Elizabeth Posas is a Cascades Job Corps student and a senior at State Street High School. She has completed 36 hours of community service as a volunteer and is an active member of La Raza Club. She recently passed her state certification test for Nursing Assistant and plans to pursue a career as a registered nurse. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Dalila Rodriguez: Dalila Rodriguez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a bright, capable student who is proud of her Mexican heritage and an active member of MEChA. She was selected to attend the Migrant Student Leadership Conference at Central Washington University. She plans to become a lawyer. She will receive $500.00 from Skagit Valley College MEChA to attend Skagit Valley College.

Nicholas Rodriguez: Nicholas Rodriguez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He has been active in Key Club and volunteers at Best Place-a childcare center for low-income children. He maintains a 3.5 GPA while taking a rigorous load. He plans to continue his education focusing on early childhood education. He will receive $4651.00 from Head Start-Hispanic/Latino Service Partnership Grant to attend Skagit Valley College.

Diana Rojas: Diana Rojas is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She has been involved in Future Business Leaders of America, leadership conferences and the school store. One Halloween, Diana collected canned food for the homeless instead of trick or treating. Diana is focused on becoming a nurse and possibly continuing on to medical school. She will receive $1500.00 to attend the University of Washington.

Luis Sanchez: Luis Sanchez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He is a great asset to his employer "Mercado del Mundo" where customers comment on what a great role model he is. He will be the only one in a very large extended family to graduate from high school. He plans on attending a university to become a pediatrician. He will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Maria Siguenza: Maria Siguenza is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She volunteers as a translator and office worker with Skagit Hispanic Ministries. She has been a mentor for freshmen students and a Natural Helper for 3 years. She would like to study science or psychology at a university. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Washington State University.

Joybelline Uy: Joybelline Uy is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and a Running Start student at SVC. She is a solid student, dependable and hard working. She is a leader in the Calling All Colors club and won the Skagit County Volunteer of the Year Award. She is interested in a career in the health professions. She will receive $500.00 from the Calling All Colors Club to attend any college in the state of Washington.

Guadalupe Vazquez: Guadalupe Vazquez is a Cascades Job Corps student and a senior at State Street High School. She is an active member of La Raza Club and the Diversity Committee. She has assisted in coordinating festivities for diez y seis de septiembre and Cinco de Mayo and she plays the violin in a mariachi group. Her goal is to be a paramedic. She will receive $1500.00 to attend Central Washington University.

Maria Vazquez: Maria Vazquez is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School where she maintains a 3.4 GPA. She is very connected to her church and helps families who need food, shelter or problem solving. She has mentored a wheel chair bound student for several years and plans to become a nurse. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.