By Elisabeth Westermann
Special to The Almanac
The Atherton Police Activities League (PAL) has awarded scholarships to be used toward college to four 2019 high school graduates.
Amrita Bhasin from Menlo-Atherton High School; and Noorayn Jafri, Isabelle Maennle, and Soana Mahoni from Sacred Heart Prep were the recipients of the $5,000 awards.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the students had to demonstrate a commitment to sports and/or community service, attend an Atherton high school (M-A, SHP, or Menlo School), have at least a 3.0 GPA, and plan to attend a four-year university in the fall of 2019, according to PAL spokesperson Jennifer Frew .
In high school, Bhasin played tennis on the M-A team for all four years; outside of school, she played competitive field hockey.
Bhasin also served as sophomore class president, vice president of the Asian American Club, and as an advisory board member for "Creative Kids International Magazine."
Her other interests include photography, film production, music composition, and debate â€”all are areas in which she has won awards. She has also published a collection of short stories called "The Golden Disk."
Bhasin plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall and will continue to pursue writing as an English and creative writing major.
While attending SHP, Jafri was a four-year varsity tennis player and served as the team's captain this year. She is also a committed volunteer, winning a President's Volunteer Service Award for her work tutoring at the Siena Youth Center and at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.
She will attend the University of Southern California (USC) in the fall, where she plans to major in biology in order to pursue a career in pediatrics.
Maennle swam and played water polo in high school while maintaining a commitment to her community, according to the PAL. She found a way to combine both interests by running the nonprofit "Swim Buddies," an organization helping adults and children with disabilities gain confidence and safety skills in the water.
She served on SHP's Student Conduct and Honor Board, and has been awarded honors in religious studies, English, and science.
Maennle plans to study environmental law in the future.
Mahoni is a two-sport athlete, playing both volleyball and lacrosse at SHP. She has also volunteered as a summer camp athletic coach at the LEMO Foundation, a nonprofit working to give under-resourced youth in the Bay Area academic and athletic assistance.
Mahoni plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall and to pursue a career in law.