Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards M-A students $41,000 in scholarships


The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awarded $41,000 in eight scholarships to graduates of Menlo-Atherton High School at a recent lunchtime ceremony at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

The scholarships and their recipients:

■ Lesly Gopar Chavez, who plans to attend the University of California at Davis and major in psychology, received the William D. Martin Memorial Scholarship.

■ Ritwik Kesavath, set to attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a major in computer engineering, received the Damon Wedding Memorial Scholarship.

■ Caroline Sobek, who plans to major in biochemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles, received the Les Cutting Memorial Scholarship.

■ Sharon Ontiveros Cuevas, who plans a dual major in chemistry and either Spanish or Portuguese at the University of San Francisco.

■ Orbelina Alvarado Carranza, who plans to attend Canada Community College and then transfer to a four-year school to study either business administration or law.

■ Ariel Sullivan, who is set to attend Sewanee University of the South with a dual major in environmental studies and Spanish.

■ Luis Acosta-Linares, who will attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he may major in neuroscience.

■ Carlos Acosta-Linares, who plans to major in pharmacy and public health at the University of California at Merced.

"It was obvious from their academic honors, community involvement and the broad range of interests each (student) has, that this year's scholarship winners are exceptional and very motivated," John Martin, the club's scholarship committee chair, said. "They will do well in college, and in life."

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