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April 15, 2011 > A Time to celebrate

A Time to celebrate

By Suzanne Ortt
Photo courtesy of New Haven Schools Foundation

Forty-four students from James Logan High School in Union City will receive scholarships at the New Haven School (NHS) Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on April 22.

This Fourth Annual "Pathways to Success Luncheon" will honor the graduating senior recipients, their parents or guardians, and the scholarship sponsors. For 2011, corporations, labor unions, and community organizations are giving scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,500. Families of the winners and scholarship honorees will be grouped with their sponsors where possible.

This occasion also features the presentation of the Guy Emanuele Community Service Award to Jo Baig, a 20 year member of the NHS Foundation Board of Directors and recently retired branch manager of the Bank of the West. This year, a new honor, the Tom Kitayama Business Service Award, will go to Tri-Ced Recycling.

One special guest is James Logan alumus David Shaw, former Stanford wide receiver and graduate of Stanford University. He is a 10-time assistant NFL coach who is now the football coach at Stanford. More notables include Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer and NHUSD Superintendent Kari McVeigh, who will present the awards.

Donors have provided scholarships totaling $53,050 to deserving graduating seniors says NHS Foundation Director, Barbara Aro-Valle. Several students will receive more than one scholarship; Benjamin (Ben) Mabie and Diana Rosales qualified for five grants each.

Ben was a lackadaisical student until the beginning of his junior year. Then, according to his personal letter to the Scholarship Committee, he realized the value of an education. From that time on, he applied himself to his studies and now has a 3.5 grade point average. Ben plans to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz. He will pursue dual majors: philosophy and labor studies. He states "I was deeply honored that the community would select me to win five scholarships, considering the depth of leadership, moral fiber and academic merit in our graduating class."

Also receiving multiple scholarships is Diana Rosales. Education was not a priority in her family environment but she was motivated to achieve academically. For her serious efforts at James Logan, she achieved a 4.4 grade point average. This rank includes taking AP and/or honor classes. Diana's prospective field is engineering; she has been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

April 22 will be a day when each of the student recipients takes another step on their pathway to success.

Pathways to Success Scholarship Luncheon
Friday, April 22
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
32083 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
$75/per person (reservations required)

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