Oceanside High School graduating seniors are all at the top of their class! Here are this year’s 2015 Oceanside High School Foundation winners who were presented with their scholarships at the May 27 Awards Ceremony.
OHS Foundation Scholarships
Transferring into OHS her sophomore year gave Adrianna a fresh outlook on many different aspects of growing up and attending school in a racially and socioeconomically diverse area. She quickly learned to embrace the differences and get involved and excel in sports and academics—tennis, track and field, her class council and the National Honor Society. She is an honors graduate who plans to major in Biology and pursue a career in the medical field with studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Heraldo has been very active in the OHS Robotics club, which has encouraged his passion for working with computers and taking on problem-solving tasks. He has enjoys working on teams and the challenging competition of the Botball tournaments. Heraldo has been named the Salutatorian of his class and is an honors graduate with a 4.24 grade point average. He will be attending UC San Diego and pursue a career in computer engineering. In addition to receiving the Foundation Scholarship, Heraldo has won the AVID Founder’s Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the AVID program. He was interviewed and selected by Mary Catherine Swanson, AVID Founder, and he’s the first OHS student to receive this scholarship which is for $27,500.
Billie Warner Memorial Scholarship
Jennifer Casarrubias Rendon
Helping others has been a theme throughout Jennifer’s life. Through her involvement with the Student Leadership Team, she has helped feed the homeless, and tutored and mentored neighborhood children to stay on track in school and to not be influenced negatively by the things going on around them. She has also volunteered at different community events, including the Art Walk in Oceanside. She will be attending Cal State University San Marcos, with plans to pursue a career in nursing where she will continue to help and influence others.
Domitila has had tremendous obligations at home caring for her family and this has helped her to take on the demands and responsibilities at school. She is currently the Vice-President of the SHPE Jr. Chapter, where she has strengthened her leadership skills. She is an honors graduate and plans to pursue a degree in Engineering from UC Santa Barbara to become a Civil Engineer.
Ben E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Luke is passionate about pursuing a career in the field of business. As he begins to discover his abilities, he realizes that working in the financial realm along with combining his love for sports, would be the desired career. Luke has matured into a tremendous leader, both in the classroom and on the basketball court, and has demonstrated his passion in ways that will lead him into a successful business career. He is an honors graduate who will attend San Diego State University.
Jim & Lou Fosnot Community Service Scholarship
Fernanda Hernandez Garcia
Fernanda receives this award for her outstanding dedication and hard work to her community and school. She has displayed exceptional abilities for her organizational skills and commitment to excel in all that she pursues. With her outstanding grades in high school and an honors graduate in the Class of 2015, she plans to continue her education and pursue a college degree from Cal State University, San Marcos.
Rita Mazzarella Gray & Robert Gray Memorial Scholarship
Michelle Lee Shearer
Michelle has been an active member of the OHS Robotics Club for three years and is now the President of the club, which have given her many great experiences with responsibilities, exciting competitions and lasting friendships. With the past adult team advisor retiring, Michelle has had to take on even more responsibilities in assisting the new advisor with most of the club’s obligations. Michelle loves the excitement and thrill of the Robotics Club Botball tournaments and has realized that through these challenges and experiences she wants to pursue a degree in the field of Computer Science. She plans to attend Palomar Community College then continue her education to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree.
Robert Kitchin Memorial Scholarship
Taylour will pursue a teaching credential to eventually become a high school teacher and coach. She has played varsity softball for Oceanside High since her freshman year, and currently plays catcher. And with softball, she played golf and was on the girls water polo team. She sees the importance of encouraging and supporting young people to help them accomplish their highest potential. She will attend Palomar College in the fall.
Michell Marquez Vargas
Her goal is to get her Master’s Degree in Early Child Development and Communication and teach young children–this has been her life-long dream. The classes she has taken in high school only helped to confirm and strengthen her desire to pursue her teaching credential. Michell will be attending Cal State University San Marcos.
Larry Hatter Leadership Scholarship
Anicia has been able to refine her leadership qualities as the President of the school’s National Honor Society. With these experiences, she realizes the tremendous challenges and responsibilities that are involved in taking on such a role. Through her participation with the National Honor Society, the club has been involved in many school and community activities and Anicia has had to plan, organized and carry out many different tasks. She had been a great asset not only to her school, but also to the community. She’s an honors graduate, will attend UC Santa Barbara this fall and major in the field of Chemistry.
Wally Hatter Memorial Scholarship
Soleil has been involved with the OHS Driftwood since 2013 when it was reestablished. With this involvement, she realized how much she enjoyed writing for the school newspaper; this has now become her passion. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of the Driftwood and has taken on all of the added responsibilities of publishing a newspaper. She also enjoys graphic design, drawing and painting, and hopes to incorporate all of these abilities to further her skills in journalism. She plan to pursue a career in Journalism and Graphic Design and will begin her college studies at Mira Costa Community College.
Arthur Ray Lambson Memorial Scholarship
As a dedicated singer and performer, Adrian plays a vital role in Oceanside High School’s show choir and concert choir. He is steadily advancing his skills and has become one of the most talented male vocalist his senior year. ♪♫•*•*♪♫ Music has become his passion, and Adrian plans to pursue a career in the field of music with the hopes of becoming a music teacher. He will begin his college studies this fall at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA.
W.H. “Chick” Mensching Memorial Scholarship
Jessica has had a wide variety of experiences that have lead her to the understanding that a college degree is what she needs to be able to utilize her abilities. From her responsibilities in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, to President of the Jr. Civitan Club, to Gerard Prep and National Honor Society, Jessica has shown exemplary leadership qualities that will take her far in her desired career.
Ozelle Lewis Scholarship
Alex Taylor Edwards
Persistent, attentive and patient are words that describe Alex in his pursuit to attain his goal of a college education in the business field. He has come to realize the benefits of hard work and setting goals for himself as well as helping others obtain their goals. Playing trumpet in the school’s Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band has also taught Alex the importance of focused practice and perseverance. He is an honors graduate and will attend Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana.