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:
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Abby Tremayne from Central Catholic High School has been involved in many school activities, including “S” club, volleyball and swimming. She has been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Sierra Vista Children’s Center, as well as many other activities. Her career goal is to become a physical therapist. She plans to major in biology, kinesthesiology or human physiology. She already has been accepted at Baylor University, Saint Mary’s College of California and the University of Oregon.
Devynn Danipour from Beyer High School will be the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She is a violinist, playing in a string group, the Brielle Trio. Her community service includes working with the Salvation Army and the Interact Service Club. She has participated in Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon. She has been accepted at UC Berkeley and plans to major in history with the ultimate goal of becoming a corporate lawyer.
Melina Bobadillo from Gregori High School ranked 18 out of a class of 401. She will be the first person in her family who will graduate from high school. She has played volleyball and basketball. She is involved in the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council, the California Honor Society and in community service activities such as volunteering and participating in Relay for Life events. She has volunteered at Sierra Vista Child and Family Services and helped as an interpreter, among other duties, for Dr. Bob Peterson. She plans to attend St. Katherine’s College, majoring in biology. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician.