Two win spots in girls’ scholarship competition
The Distinguished Young Women of America Class of 2015 held its Modesto program on March 15. Seven girls competed in the scholarship program for a chance to win money for college and for the chance to represent the Modesto area at the California state program this July. The two winners, Modesto High School student Maya Raj and Connecting Waters Charter School student Meredith Monroe, will travel to Bakersfield this summer to compete to become California’s Distinguished Young Woman. At every level, the girls compete in the same five categories: fitness, scholastics, talent, self-expression (onstage speaking ability) and an interview process. The following girls won scholarship money donated by the Kiwanis Club of Modesto: Downey High School student Marisa Costales in fitness, Raj in talent, Monroe in interview and self-expression, and Modesto High student Venice Nomof for academics scores. Kendall Murphy, a home-schooled student, is the first alternate for the state program in case the two local winners are unable to attend this summer.
Soroptimists award three $1,000 scholarships
Each year, Soroptimist International of Modesto awards $1,000 scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors for their achievements and academic endeavors. This year’s recipients: