Daniel Roberts, the Sierra Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship essay winner, is also the District V winner.
The Yosemite High School senior was honored at a Feb. 3 tea where Kyra Reed of Minarets High School and Matthew Silguero representing Glacier High School Charter were also honored.
The three students were nominated by their respective schools for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. All three chose to participate in the optional scholarship essay portion writing essays on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The essays were monitored, limited to 550 words or less and written within a two-hour time limit. A dictionary was the only reference material allowed.
Roberts, the son of John and Michele Roberts of Coarsegold, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout and completed the Marine Corps Devil Pups Youth Program for America training. He holds a brown belt in Chi Tu Do, and duck hunting is one of his hobbies as are studying military history and collecting militaria from WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
“I love my country and its values and I strive to keep and protect them by serving in Scouting, Cadet Corps and soon the Marine Corps,” Roberts said.
He hopes to obtain an NROTC scholarship and attend a four-year university majoring in mechanical engineering and then joining the United States Marine Corps commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
Reed, the daughter of Bernadette Collins of Coarsegold, has been a part of the student leadership team at Minarets for three years. “I really enjoy being able to plan our school events and making sure all students have a voice in what they want to see in our community,” she said.
She hopes to attend Grand Canyon University studying forensic science. Her other activities include a part-time job, softball and photography.
Silguero is the son of Diane and Martin Silguero of Mariposa and is a volunteer with the Mariposa County Search and Rescue team. “My younger sister was born with Down Syndrome and has had to wear a tracking bracelet in case she walks away or runs off and becomes lost,” Silguero said. “I don’t know what I would do if I lost her, so being able to bring people’s loved ones back to them is very important to me.”
He is also involved in stage productions and community theater. “This is an amazing way to spread a positive message and raise money for local youth programs.”
He plans to attend a two-year community college, earning an associate’s degree in biology, then transferring to a university to complete his education in marine biology.
Last year, he helped in a robotics classroom as a teacher’s assistant.
“He is an expert in the area of Lego Robotics so he was an extremely effective aid in the classroom,” teacher John Rumohr said. “However, the best part about having his assistance was his passion to help others and his enthusiasm to pass on his knowledge with patience and respect for the younger students.”
All three students were presented with certificates and checks to aid them in their future academic pursuits.