Speier speaks at scholarship event


U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier will be the speaker at an Atherton awards ceremony Saturday (June 19) for 18 "talented, needy" students who earned college scholarships from the Peninsula College Fund.

Representing six high schools in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City, the students have grade-point averages from 3.3 to 3.8. They come from Menlo-Atherton, Woodside and Sequoia high schools as well as from Eastside College Prep and East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto and Summit Academy in Redwood City.

The Peninsula College Fund said it aims to "partner with and aid gifted and traditionally under-represented minority students from the Midpeninsula . . . in their quest for a college education."

From 2006 through 2009, the fund gave scholarships to 33 local students. The new recipients from the high school class of 2010 are Mayra Aguilar, Gonzalo Alvarez, Genesis Cerna and Magali Molina, all heading for the University of California at Santa Cruz; Ca'Shea Airy, bound for the University of California at Los Angeles; Angel Barragan, heading for San Francisco State University; Maria Garcia and Nancy Leon, heading for Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont; Sharon Godinez, bound for St. Mary's College in Moraga; Andrea Hernandez, going to the University of the Pacific in Stockton; Diego Marin, heading to the University of California at Merced; Joshua Martinez, heading for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.; Jennifer Martinez, who will attend California State University, East Bay; Clarisa Ontiveros, heading for San Diego State University; Ruben Robles, who will attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Javier Rodriguez, who will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Quinntesha Simpson, heading for California State University, Monterey Bay; and Lissette Valadez, who plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley.

The awards ceremony is Saturday at 5 p.m. at Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. For more information, call 650 561-9534.

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