By Michael LOCKE
Sixteen college-bound seniors from five of the area’s high schools were honored recently at the 80th Annual Elks Scholarship Awards Dinner sponsored by Glendale Elks Lodge 1289. The top six finalists competed for district, state and national honors and received a total of $23,000. Crescenta Valley High School had four of the five top finalists with Tarin Chon winning top honors among the girls, finishing first in district and 27th in state finals and plans to attend Princeton in the fall. The other Crescenta Valley finalists were Jessica Kim (USC), Brian Lee (Cornell) and Andrew Park (Brown University). Each will receive $4,000 as recipients of the Most Valuable Student Elk Award.
The Glendale Elks have contributed over $353,000 in scholarships to outstanding high school leaders over the past 14 years, according to Jack Wright, program coordinator. A total of $30,950 in scholarships was awarded this year. Other students
who received scholarships from Crescenta Valley High School were Sarah Whang (USC) and Ashley Park (Dartmouth).