Graduates win Holiday Fund scholarships

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

SCHOOLS: Graduates win Holiday Fund scholarships

Award honors 14 local high school seniors for service in the community

Fourteen seniors from four local high schools have received scholarships from the Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund.

Palo Alto, Gunn, Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools received $2,500 each to award to students as scholarships for college. The money was awarded by each school's scholarship committee to students with excellent academic and community service records.

The winners of the second annual Holiday Fund Scholarship are listed below. Students whose listings are incomplete could not be contacted by the time the Weekly went to press.

Gail Abbey

School: Woodside High

Street: Escobar Road, Portola Valley

College: U.C. Berkeley

Goals: To help people. She wants to get a Ph.D. in history and teach either at the high school or college level.

Activities: Water polo with the boys' team, track, swimming, soccer, student body secretary, internship with Assemblyman Ted Lempert, Environmental Club, edited the school newspaper, and a peer leader with Student Offering Support.

Gloria Arteaga

School: Menlo-Atherton High

Street: Spring Street, Redwood City

College: Santa Clara University

Goals: To go into business and work in an office where she can be an executive and have time to enjoy her family.

Activities: Senior class president, softball, in senior fashion show, tutored at Haven House.

Jillian Drewes

School: Gunn High

Street: Santa Ynez Steet, Stanford

College: Americorp, will attend UCLA later

Goals: Being involved with Amigos de la Americas, an aid project in Latin American countries; international work; developmental work in communities, not necessarily in the United States.

Activities: Co-assistant director for Peninsula chapter of Amigos de las Americas, helped with Urban Ministry's homeless garden project, Youth Community Service, Interact.

Jimmy Guan

School: Menlo-Atherton High

Street: Coleman Avenue, Menlo Park

College: U.C. Davis

Goals: To make a difference in the lives of a million people as a motivational speaker.

Activities: Co-president of the M-A Key Club, Junior Olympics gold medal winner of under-22 table tennis.

Michael Harmon

School: Woodside High

Street: Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City

College: U.C. Santa Barbara

Goals: View myself of having many options, but leaning toward acting.

Activities: Lead Students Offering Support, Friends of Millard Filmore trivia, in several school plays, played soccer outside school.

Carolyn Hunter

School: Woodside High

Street: Bardet Road, Woodside

College: UCLA

Goals: Thinking about becoming a doctor, or a professional musician.

Activities: Plays violin and viola for California Youth Symphony, Stanford University Orchestra, California All-State Orchestra, softball, student body treasurer, student board member, on principal's advisory committee.

Daniel Kroos

School: Palo Alto High

Street: Sonoma Avenue, Menlo Park

College: Lewis & Clark College

Goals: Might study English, may be interested in teaching college.

Activities: Track, Junior Statesman of America, Bay Area Action, produced film about dangers of tobacco, camp counselor with Palo Alto Recreation Department.

Brandon Laws

School: Gunn High

Street: Sutherland Drive, Palo Alto

College: U.C. Berkeley

Goals: Hoping to become an engineer, keep doing community service.

Activities: Teaching assistant in science and math, Youth Community Service, worked at Lockheed.

Megan Lillis

School: Gunn High

Street: Greer Road, Palo Alto

College: Whitman College

Goals: Wants to double major in Spanish and biology to get into international health work; would like to become a registered nurse and a midwife.

Activities: Co-president of Youth Community Service, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Young Women's Forum at the Palo Alto YWCA, Co-assistant director of Peninsula chapter of Amigo de Las Americas.

Julia Mazawa

School: Woodside High

Street: Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley

College: Bard College

Goals: Probably will go into one of the visual arts, but is also interested in science and the environment.

Activities: Students Offering Support, hawk spotting in Marin County, took art classes at Foothill College.

Kenny Meehan

School: Menlo-Atherton High

Street: Del Norte Street, Menlo Park

College: U.C. Santa Cruz

Goals: Planning to major in film production.

Activities: Made movie about dangers of smoking, Lunatics Improvisational group, DJ on KCEA, badminton, soccer, Junior Statesman of America, Interact.

Mirasol Ramirez

School: Palo Alto High

Street: Escondido Village, Stanford

College: U.C. Santa Cruz

Chris Riccardi

School: Woodside High

Street: Anomor Street, Redwood City

College: University of Hawaii

Goals: Plans to study political science. Wants to go into law enforcement or into something sports related, such as physical education, physical therapy or sports medicine.

Activities: Played football and baseball; coached a Pop Warner football team.

Sarah Tsien

School: Gunn High

Street: Tolman Drive, Stanford

College: Harvard University

Activities: Youth Community Service, YWCA. 

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