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2011 Scholarship Winners

Photo of award winner Maritza Acevedo is a senior from Burlington Edison North.  She promotes her culture through activities such as Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Indepence Day.  These activities have helped her gain insights into her Hispanic roots.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Jealisa Aguilar is a senior from Sedro Woolley High School.  She is an active leader in the Challenge Days and"Buddy Walk", a fundraiser for people with Down Syndrome.  In addition she helps to lead recycling efforts through  Earth Corps.  She promotes respect and diversity at school and in the community.  She will receive $7,422 to attend Eastern Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Victoria Aguilar, a senior from Sedro Woolley High School has overcome amazing odds in order to graduate.  As a leader she has focused on creating a more accepting and tolerant campus, and is particulary supportive of at=risk students.  She will be the first in her family to attend college.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Miguel Alaníz is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  He is a state representative for the Washington State Migrant Education Advisory and the recipient of several certificates of completion and achievement.  He attends Northwest Academy of Finance in pursuit of certification in Banking and Finance.  He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Tania Alvarez is a senior from Sedro Woolley High School.  She attends the Northwest Career and Technical Academy and hopes to become a Veterinary Technician.  She volunteers at the Skagit Humane Society.  Tania is proud of her family's mixed cultural background.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Brian Arellano is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  He comes from a strong Hispanic family, knows the value of hard work and applies those values to his educational goals.  Fluent in both Spanish and English he often offers his translation skills to others.  He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Fernando Áviles is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  He belongs to the Hispanic leadership club LEAP and is active with the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Station.  Fernando will be the first in his family to continue on to college.  He will receive $5,000 to attend  University of Washington, Seattle.
 
Photo of award winner Emiliano Barajas-Farías, a senior from Burlington Edison High School, is a leader in the Peer Mentorship program.  He guides and orients freshmen students.  He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of award winner Javier Camerana, a senior from Mount Vernon High School, demonstrates excellent work ethics and personal responsibility.  A role model to his classmates, he assists teachers and peers with translations.  He has a diverse set of interests and enjoys hearing everyone's point of view.  He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Karen Ceja is a senior from Burlington Edison High School.  Through Latinos in Action she serves as a bilingual tutor for elementary children.  In addition she is a volunteer interpreter for a church youth group and at Skagit Valley Hospital.  She will receive $5,000 to attend University of Washington, Seattle.
 
Photo of award winner Zeyna DeVer is a senior from Burlington Edison North.  She has been involved in blood drives, Adopt-A-Family, Christmas drives and in organizing the support for a classmate's tragic loss last year.  She is appreciative of the diversity shared in her family and reaches out to different ethnic groups.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College
 
Photo of award winner Margaryta Dubrava is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She speaks English, Russian, and Ukrainian.  Talented with great artistic abilities she also maintains involvement in the FBLA, Earth Club, Photo Club, and National Honor Society.  Her Ukrainian heritage has spurred her interests in various cultures of the world.  She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Angelina Feskova is a senior from Burlington Edison High School.  She is trilingual and is working on proficiency in a fourth language.  She teaches Russian culture, history and language in classes through church activities.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Melissa Figueroa, a senior from Mount Vernon High School, emanates an inner strength borne of commitment, focus and good character.  As a member of Link Crew she orients and role models incoming freshmen.  She will be the first in her family to go to college.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner non available Victor Garcia –Díaz, a senior from Mount Vernon High School, tutors and serves as a role model for his nieces and brothers.  His priorities are to study and help his family with their needs.  He hopes to travel around the world to understand other people's perspectives.  He will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.  
 
Photo of award winner Jazmin Garza is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  She serves as a leader both with AVID and LEAP- the Latino Educational Achievement Project.  She volunteers at a local middle school and orients incoming freshmen through Link Crew.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Jacqueline González is a senior from Burlington Edison High School.  Her dream is to become a drug and alchohol counselor.  She has faced many challenges but worked through those times, learned from them and believes those experiences will make her a better counselor.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College
 
Photo of award winner Lorenzo Gregory is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  He has overcome health issues, and he works to help others understand and choose a healthy lifestyle.  He is a voice for AVID, and active with both Latinos Unidos and College Bound.  In addition he volunteers with community recycling efforts.  He will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Liliana Guzman is a senior at Burlington-Edison North and an active volunteer.  She has led food drives, clothing drives, blood drives, and has served as a leader for her school's Adopt-a-Family program.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Selina Huerta is a senior at Burlington-Edison North.  She has been a role model with her ability to balance a full home life with her life as an engaged student.  She has been a leader with blood drives and the Adopt-A-Family program.  In addition she is a volunteer tutor at West View Elementary School.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner non available Landy James is a senior at La Conner High School.  He volunteers for food drives, blood drives, and memorial assemblies through his school's leadership class.  He helps coach youth basketball and football, and serves as a role model for the youth of the Swinomish Tribe.  He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Jiyeon Jeong is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She has taught English classes at her church for over a year and serves as the English translator for her family.  Jiyeon speaks Mandarin and English.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner non available Dara Johnson is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She leads by example by balancing a 40-hour work week, pursuing excellence at school, and maintaining an independent household.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Candy Lopez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She is a role model for her peers by taking on full responsibilities for running a household, striving for excellence at school, and volunteering at the local food bank.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Luís Lopez is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  Luís serves as president of the College Bound Club.  He has delivered food to needy families with the Forgotten Children's Fund, and made presentations at three elementary schools for Skagit Valley Bullying Prevention.  He will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Liliana Maldonado is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  As a bilingual student she supports her peers with her translation skills.  She provides childcare at home as a means of supporting the family business.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Alisa Manley is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She is the only female volunteer at her local fire hall.  She has been involved in her school's Leadership Class which promotes diversity in the student body and the broader community.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Griselda Martínez-Bautista is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She provides home care for her sister, niece, and nephew.  Through Latinos in Action she tutors elementary students.  Last summer she volunteered 30 hours for the North Cascades Wilderness Program.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Matilde Martínez is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She tutors elementary students through Latinos in Action, raised money for arthritis research by participating in the Jingle Bell Run, and volunteered for two elementary school celebrations.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Yelicsa Martínez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She will be the first in her family to attend college.  She serves as a teacher's aide at her school, helping to support students with developmental disabilities.  She plans to pursue a career in Human Services.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Chelsey McKenzie is a senior at Oak Harbor High School.  She has volunteered with UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and Relay for Life.  She tutors students at her school, and has been active with the national day of volunteerism, "Make a Difference Day".  She will receive $10,000 to attend University of Washington, Bothell.
 
Photo of award winner Indira Mejía is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She is active with the Latino Educational Achievement Project and MEChA.  She volunteers her support to migrant camps and serves hot meals to needy families.  She helps make her school green through the Earth Club.  She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Letícia Mendoza is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  At her church she created a club to support and translate for native Mixtec members.  She is also an active member of the Latino Educational Achievement Project.  She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Ben O'Reilly, a senior from Sedro Woolley, is a mentor, tutor, and counselor of young people.  He is a volunteer leader at Warm Beach Christian Camp where he works with handicapped campers.  In addtion he supports both his peers and his community through his school's Natural Helper program.  He will receive $3,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Diana Orozco-Pulido is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She has tutored freshmen through the multi-cultural club and volunteers at a dentist's office where she uses her bilingual skills to help patients with their paperwork.  She will receive $7,422 to attend Eastern Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Catrina Pelletier is a senior at Anacortes High School.  She has volunteered many hours and served in leadership positions with Schools for Schools, which raises money and collects books for children in Uganda.  As a member of Link Crew she orients and mentors incoming freshmen.  She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of award winner Esmeralda Pérez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She puts in many hours providing care for her niece and nephew.  She is active with the Latino Educational Achievement Project, and as a member of Link Crew she orients and mentors incoming freshmen.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner María del Carmen Rangel is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  María has been a role model to her younger brother and sister.  She has volunteered many hours at the Skagit Valley College radio station and serves as a mentor to middle school students.  She will receive $3,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Maribel Rodríguez is a senior at Anacortes High School.  She was selected to serve in various programs and events, including the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar and the North Cascade Leadership Weekend.  In addition she served as a student speaker for the North Cascades Institute.  She will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College. 
 
Photo of award winner Catherine Sánchez is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She offers informal tutoring and support to those in need.  She interned as a recreation therapist assistant and intends to pursue the field of medicine.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Diego Sánchez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  He frequently helps his classmates through peer tutoring and translating.  In addition he supports his teachers by striving to create a constructive classroom atmosphere.  He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Adrian Santiago-Flores is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  Adrian is the president of LEAP- the Latino Educational Achievement Project.  He strives to make LEAP a comfortable environment for his peers to be involved in.  He will be the first person in his family to attend college.  He will receive $6,000 attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Hugo Santiago-Ruíz is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  Since middle school he has been involved with the Migrant Student Leadership Program, attending more than ten conferences.  Since his freshman year he has been an active participant with the Latinos Leaders Club.  He will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Elizabeth Santos Hernández is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She was awarded PASS student of the year, a program that helps to transition students of migrant farm workers.  In addition, she is a volunteer tutor of elementary children.  She will receive $3,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner non available Shelby Schlittler is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  Despite numerous physical challenges she volunteers as a peer mentor and is active with her school's anti-tobacco club and Earth Corps.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner non available Anabel Torres is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She has served as a presenter at conferences that she and other members of Latinos in Action have attended.  She tutored elementary children and has volunteered as a translator at parent/teacher conferences.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Carmen Ruby Torres is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She was an active member of her school's Multicultural Club, volunteered at a local food bank several times each month, and currently tutors for both Children of the Valley and local elementary schools through Latinos in Action.  She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of award winner Rosa Torres is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and is active with multiple clubs on campus.  As a member of Link Crew she orients and role models incoming freshmen.  At home she helps with the daily cooking and cleaning, and provides child care for her niece.  She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of award winner Travis Van Camp is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  He supports his family by working 20 hours per week and volunteers with Children of the Valley where childcare is provided for low-income families.  In addition he led a sports camp and mentor program in the Stanford Drive Neighborhood.  He will receive $3,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of award winner Stefan VanDenkooy, a senior at Mount Vernon, has served in leadership roles since grade school.  He was chosen to attend a leadership camp last summer developed by the Association of Washington School Principals.  He has worked to integrate ASB events with the Latino Educational Achievement Project.  He will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Photo of award winner DeFilia Vasquez, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, tutors elementary children, translates at SeaMar Community Health Center, and volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital.  She participated in a summer academy at Seattle Biomed where she learned about global infectious diseases.  She plans to pursue a degree in medicine.  She will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Photo of award winner Cleotilde Velasco is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She volunteers as a Spanish interpreter, is a leader in the North Cascades Wild Program, and is very active with her church.  She participated in a local police academy and hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Stephanie Villanueva-Vivanco is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School and leads many activities for Latinos in Action.  She has tutored at two elementary schools:  West View and Lucille Umbarger.  During parent-teacher conferences she has provided childcare and interpreted for families.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Jennilyn Vinluan is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  Her roots are both Japanese and Filipino, and she's working at developing her skills with both languages.  She has been a member of the Asian-Pacific Islander Dance Club and is a leader in the drama program.  She will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner non available Elena Vivar is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  Elena has volunteered for her community in a variety of ways:  she helped prepare 7th and 8th graders for high school, she tutored elementary students, volunteered at a variety of school activities, and attended many leadership programs.  She will receive $1,000-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of award winner Ming Wagoner, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, serves as a peer tutor, volunteers at the local library, and is an active member of Club Diversity.  She served as both a freshmen class representative and sophomore Class Head Senator.  She speaks fluent Mandarin and English and studies Spanish and Japanese.  She will receive $10,000 to attend University of Washington, Bothell.
 
Photo of award winner Ulises Yanez is a senior at Anacortes High School.  He orients and supports freshmen through Link Crew.  In addition he dedicates many hours of his after school time to helping with the elderly.  As an AVID member he recruits and serves as a role model for underclassmen.  He will receive $1,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.