Minarets High School hosted its Senior Scholarship Awards night on Tuesday, May 20, handing out more than $112,000 in awards to students for their distinguished academic and community excellence.
"It was an amazing night - so wonderful to see these students be honored for all their hard work and dedication throughout their high school career," Claudia Vandenbergh, Chawanakee Unified District counselor said. "It's been such a pleasure to work with all of them. I look forward to hearing about all their future accomplishments. We expect them all to have great success."
The night was highlighted by three specific scholarships including the Evelyn Ducoff Scholarship Fund for Chawanakee Unified School District Arts, awarded to two students for their continued involvement in the area of arts.
Recipients of the awards, Catherine Broyles and Rylee Jackson, both received $10,000 to be used towards furthering their education in the field of arts at the school of their choice.
In order to be nominated for the award, students must have been a visual arts, media art, or performing arts student for at least three of their four years in high school. They were required to have been involved in art on-and-off campus during their tenure at Minarets, and must be attending a post-secondary institution and studying an art-related field (including plans to pursue an art-related career).
Upon graduation Broyles will attend Woodbury University to study animation and Jackson will attend Academy of Arts University in San Francisco to study graphic design.
"I am so blessed to have received the scholarship. With it I can definitely see doors opening for me. Thank you so much for the scholarship, I hope that one day I am successful enough to help other young artists in achieving their goals in the same way," Broyles said.
The nights most notable award came when Daniel Lynchwas presented the Husband-Boeing Honors Scholarship, Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State.
This four-year scholarship will cover tuition and fees totaling an approximate $24,000. The award is given to those who maintain a 3.6 GPA or higher, scored 1800 SAT, are in the top 10% of their class, and have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic excellence, service and leadership.
"It is such an exciting thing to see talented and deserving graduating seniors start their post-secondary careers with tremendous financial support from such dedicated community partners," Minarets Principal Michael Niehoff added.
Below is a list of Minarets High School Scholarships names and recipients along with the names of each presenter who awarded each student with their scholarship. Students who were presented with a scholarship will be able to use the funding to further their educational experience at the college of their choice, given the college they choose meets the requirements for that funding.
Minarets Scholarship recipients are:
|Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors||Scott Runtzel||Crystal Piotrowski; Ashlynn Lemon; Carl Clouse|
|Yosemite Bank||Donald Eaves||Elizabeth Draper|
|Vision Academy of the Arts||Jackie Byers & Sheila Adams||Catherine Broyles; Alana Holevas; Jesse Parr; Megan Hilliard|
|Spring Valley School Parent-Teacher Club||Todd Sheller||Alana Holevas|
|Spring Valley Ag Boosters||Barbara Bigelow||Ciera Johnson; Robert Mattes|
|Soroptimist International of the Sierra||Sue Graham & Dianne Abney||Elizabeth Draper|
|Sierra Pines Church Women's Ministry||Roberta Dunnicliff & Judie Fischer||Kylinn Gunderson|
|Sierra Masonic Lodge||Ernie Lautsch||Crystal Piotrowski|
|Sierra Ambulance Service (Cathy Kern Memorial Scholarship)||Gina Hartley||Cody Gibson|
|Service Organization of the Sierra (S.O.S.)||Linda Westlund & Barbara Lehmann||Catherine Broyles, Edward Campbell Iii, Kylinn Gunderson, Laurel Samuelson, Ashlynn Lemon|
|Regiben Family Scholarship||Jen Mollet||Nathanael Lopez|
|Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Sunrise Club||Donald Eaves||Kylinn Gunderson; Cedar Robertson; Destiny Anger|
|Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Noon Club||Susan Madden||Isabela Benitez;
Sharon "Hailey" Ziegler;
|Oakhurst Elk Lodge #2724||Rob Ringler||Ben Nelson; Sharon "Hailey Ziegler|
|North Fork Womens Club||Roz Thrapp||Breanna Day; Crystal Piotrowski|
|North Fork Lions Club||Steve Sims||Crystal Piotrowski; Breanna Day; Sadie Kubiak; Mikayla Kopp|
|North Fork Faculty Club||Roz Thrapp & Terrie Griffin||Cedar Robertson, Zeb Patterson, Sadie Kubiak, Breanna Day|
|North Fork Chamber of Commerce||Dee Salazar||Crystal Piotrowski|
|North Fork Boosters||Cathey Thornburg||Crystal Piotrowski|
|North Fork Arts Council Fine Arts Award||Jill Gamble||Rylee Jackson; Catherine Broyles|
|Michael W. Niehoff School Leadership & Service Award||Michael Niehoff||Himanshu Sharma; Michaela Brost|
|Mariposa/Madera County ACSA Charter Scholarship||Bob Nelson||Destiny Anger|
|Margaret Thomas Memorial Scholarship||Lydia Saldana||Kylinn Gunderson; Jesse Parr; Samantha Whetten-Monroe|
|Madera Republican Women Federated||Barbara Thomasson||Jesse Parr|
|Madera County School Board Association||Barbara Bigelow||Samantha Whetten-Monroe; Laurel Samuelson|
|Madera County Retired Teachers Association||Rachel Church||Destiny Anger|
|Madera County Farm Bureau||Michele Lasgoity||Brittany Beck, Mikaela Fringer, and Ashlynn Lemon|
|Madera County Cattlewomens Association||Michele Lasgoity||Mikayla Fringer; Katie McDougald|
|Madera County Arts Council||Sheril Royse||Jesse Parr; Crystal Piotrowski|
|Madera County 4-H Leaders Council||Terri Wright||Mikayla Fringer|
|Ladies of the Lake||Judy Moore||Erika Ward; Wilton Wooliever; Crystal Piotrowski; Grace Robinson; Michaela Brost; Sarah McGibbon; Samantha Whetten-Monroe; Ciera Johnson|
|Kiwanis Club of Sierra Oakhurst||Dori Hartman||Michaela Brost; ??|
|Indian Lakes Estates Women's Auxillary||Patricia Goetz||Destiny Anger|
|Husband-Boeing Honors Scholarship, Lyles College of Engineering||Becky Cairns||Daniel Lynch|
|Gunnar Collins Memorial Ag Scholarship||Patti Collins||Robert Mattes|
|Golden Chain Theater||Gary Talley||Catherine Broyles|
|Gilbert Marshall Memorial Scholarship||Tammy Montgomery and Kayla Cardoza||Mikaela Kopp; Ashlynn Lemon;
Mikayla Fringer; Katie McDougald
|Fresno County Cabrillo Civic Club||Ken Costa||Jesse Parr; Ashlynn Lemon|
|Frank Logar Music Memorial||Roz Thrapp||Laurel Samuelson|
|Fellowship of Christian Athletes||John Lorenzana & Ron "Pup" Nelson||Kylinn Gunderson;
Edward "Bo" Campbell III;
|Excellence in Multi-Media Arts||Patrick Wilson||Isabela Benitez; Jesse Parr|
|Evelyn Ducoff Scholarship Fund||Celeste Voyles||Rylee Jackson; Catherine Broyles|
|Creativity in Science Award||Wayne Pedranti||Kenyon Hundley; Cedar Robertson|
|Courage for Success Award||Therese Righter||Michelle Smart|
|Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce||Lisa Curry||Jordan Christian|
|Chowchilla Western Stampede||Don Myers||Ashlynn Lemon|
|Ching Family Scholarship||Daniel and Ceaenna Ching||Destiny Anger; Matt Koen|
|CFW Foundation||Bob Nelson||Sharon "Hailey Ziegler|
|Cedar Valley Fire Dept||Jerry Collins||Cody Gibson|
|Caring on Higher Ground||Debbie Millar||Michaela Brost;
|Cal Barnett Memorial Scholarship||Doug Waltner||Brittany Beck; Ashlynn Lemon|
|CA Cash for College||Sarah McGibbon|
|Be the Power of One||Susan and Tim Madden||Wilton Wooliever|
|American Legion Auxiliary||Judi Ellis||Michaela Brost|
|Adult Mountain Soccer League||Mary Pearson||Brittany Beck; Kenyon Hundley; Chance Carter; Kylinn Gunderson; Cedar Robertson|
|Mustang Baseball Scholar||Don Watkins||Chance Carter; Cedar Robertson; Keenan Reardon; Jordan Christian; Zeb Patterson|