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June 15, 2012 > Olive Hyde awards annual scholarships

Olive Hyde awards annual scholarships

Submitted By Diane Leys, Student photos courtesy of Jurek Zarzycki

Three talented Fremont high school seniors have been awarded Art Scholarships through Olive Hyde Art Guild's Annual competition. Scholarship Chairman, Roberta Moody, explains that winning students were selected based on their portfolios of work, must have been accepted at a college or university, and have plans to pursue higher education in the field of art.

Daniel Lee from Mission San Jose High School and recipient of the $2,000 first place award plans to attend the University of the Pacific as a pre-dental major with an art minor. Described by his counselor, Merri Blum, as "a dedicated, high achieving student who is a talented artist, adept at using various modalities," Daniel volunteers as a sous chef at the Fremont Senior Center. He also is involved with charitable projects through his membership in the Key Club at Mission San Jose High School.

Athlete, musician, student activist, and artist all describe second place winner, Mission San Jose's Tian Shi who received $1,000. Tian remains undecided where she will attend university, but plans to major in mechanical engineering and minor in art. At Mission Tian has served as a Track and Field team captain and was named MVP in 2009 and 2010. In addition, she was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and has received a Certificate of Merit in advanced piano. She has also been named as an AP scholar. Her volunteer activities include the Fremont Education Foundation's Elementary School Band Program, The Tri-City free breakfast program, Samaritan's Purse organization and Operation Christmas Child. Tian's high school art teacher, Edie Christensen, says, "She is a lively, imaginative, creative artist and outstanding student in my advanced placement studio art class. Her compositions and paintings are unique, expressing her own vision."

Irvington High School senior Kelly Kong received third place and $1,000 for her studies at U.C. Davis. Kelly plans to major in Environmental Science and minor in art and design. As President of Irvington's Anime Club, the Visual Arts Club, and the Gardening Club, Kelly has earned praise from her art teacher, Tully Mintey, as a dynamic successful leader. In addition, Mr. Mintey states, "Kelly is by far one of the most studious and artistically gifted pupils I have ever had the pleasure of teaching." Kelly has also played Chinese Guitar with the San Jose Chinese Orchestra.

In addition to the student scholarship awards, a $500 stipend for classroom art supplies has been awarded to the art teacher of the first place winner, Edie Christensen, from Mission San Jose High School.

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