Woman’s Club presents scholastic awards

On June 9, the La Crescenta Woman’s Club gave scholarship awards to three graduating seniors from Crescenta Valley High School and two students from Glendale Community College.

Brian Bauer, 17, of Crescenta Valley High School received a $500 award. He has been on CV baseball team for four years and earned his gold medallion for completing 100 hours of community service. He volunteered as a coach to younger ball players and worked on the Glendale Rose Float for two years. He learned empathy for the homeless when involved with the Feed L.A. Club, helping to make and deliver sandwiches to Skid Row downtown. He will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in communications.

Eric Wall, 18, received an award of $500 and is also a graduate of CVHS. He played on both the baseball and volleyball teams for four years. He played trumpet in the Jazz Band, which performed at many organizations in this area, and received two superior ratings from judges at music festivals in which the band participated. He traveled to the Dominican Republic for the third time with members of his church, hoping to complete the building of a school for poor Haitians. He is enrolled at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., majoring in economics with a minor in music.

CVHS graduate Stacy Carlos was the recipient of the $200 Roberta Kurtz Scholarship for the Arts that was bequeathed to the La Crescenta Woman’s Club by a member who passed away. Carlos has been running competitively since she was 5 years old, and committed to the CV track and cross-country team since her freshman year. Having been an editor since her junior year, she became co-editor-in-chief of the literacy/art magazine Journeys while a senior. She was a volunteer at Montrose Public Library, Special Olympics and Sun Valley Middle School and helped a friend start her own business. She also coached the Los Angeles Falcons Youth Track Team and was a peer tutor for an algebra support class.  She will be attending UC Santa Barbara majoring in art.

Amanda Escruceria, 20, has attended Glendale Community College for two years and received an award of $500. She handled 18 units of credit last semester, has little financial help from family, works part time to help with expenses, and has a 3.7 GPA. She has coordinated study groups and tutorial sessions and edited essays. Escruceria was inspired to visit homes of the elderly by her exposure to dementia in her own family. She has been a camp counselor for two years and kindergarten teacher’s aid for three years.  She plans to attend Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in communications, and has a career goal of becoming a public relations director.

Deveron Shudic received an award of $500. She returned to school at GCC when she was age 48. Shudic has volunteered in the college music department; has tutored in the CV Learning Center; was co-treasurer of the GCC Dance Club, and designed a T-shirt to sell, which raised money for the club’s coffers and she helped a friend start a new business. As a community activist, she often attends meetings of the Glendale City Council, fighting to keep her town safe and to keep overbuilding under control.  She has a GPA of 4.0 and received a high recommendation from one of her teachers. Although she has not yet decided which university she will attend, she plans to major in forensic anthropology/ education, with a view to becoming a teacher.

Contributed by Gloria LEE