By Debbie TAYLOR
Montrose-La Crescenta Kiwanis Club held its 23rd Annual Student Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, May 18 at the American Legion Hall in La Crescenta. Awards were handed out to qualifying students from both Clark Magnet and Crescenta Valley high schools.
The Norm Avril Scholarship award winners were Andrea Aghaian, Daniel Brehm, Talar Malakian, Angelina Nilssen and Esther Park. Esther said that this award is given to kids who are actively involved in community service providing 100 or more hours of service. Most of the recipients donated 200 to 400 hours each of community service during their high school career.
The Key Club Scholarship was given to Jessica Kim who has been an officer in the CVHS Key Club for the last four years. According to Jessica, “I was honored to receive this award, and I am so grateful as without the scholarship I would not be able to attend college.” This sentiment was shared by many of the students receiving awards.
The ROTC Scholarship was awarded to Suzie Lee. Suzie recounted how surprised she was when she asked her ROTC instructor Lt. Col. Dave Worley about the scholarship. “He told me he had already recommended me,” said the grateful senior.
Talar Malakian, a Crescenta Valley High School student, was another thankful recipient. ”I feel great that they give scholarships to the kids,” said Talar. “We work so hard, and I am very honored.”
Daniel Brehm has also been with the Key Club for the last four years. “It’s a great way to have organized community service,” he said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for something you love to do, especially since my mom Roni Dash is a single mom. I am very grateful.”
Another Key Club recipient, Narineh Ohanian, is a Clark Magnet School student, who was also her school’s Key Club president. When asked what she enjoys about the Club, Narineh replied, “I just love being part of the Key Club and doing for my community.”
The Alvena and Les Dobbings Memorial Scholarship award, which is given every year in memory of past Kiwanis, was awarded to Benjamin Yang, who stated that, “receiving this honor is very rewarding.” He went on to say, “The Key Club has been a big part of my life for the last four years, and it is nice to be recognized for all the hard work.”