Rising Stars

The Vista Chamber of Commerce held the 2nd Annual Rising Star of the Year Scholarship Breakfast in mid-May. The chamber hosts monthly breakfasts throughout the school year honoring 50 seniors from eight local high schools, who are the only ones eligible to apply for Rising Star of the Year scholarships. Eleven students were awarded college scholarships at this year’s event: Ranessa Austin (Guajome Park Academy); Olivia Trillizio (Tri-City Christian); Jenna Steffan (North County Trade Tech High); Leslie Martinez (Vista High School); Mark McGreal (Vista High School); Steven Harris (Vista High School); Guadalupe Bolanos (Major General Raymond Murray); Crystal Rojas (Mission Vista High School); Xipatly Montano (Alta Vista High School); Lea Zaric (Rancho Buena Vista); and Alyssa Maloney (Rancho Buena Vista). Eight of these students will receive a $1,000 scholarship and three students will receive an $850 scholarship.

The Vista Chamber of Commerce facilitates activities, strategic partnerships, and promotional and educational opportunities to benefit member businesses and to remove barriers to successful business enterprises. The purpose of the chamber’s Rising Star of the Month is to bring the community together to honor local high school seniors for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities, and the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. Over 75 community, civic, and business leaders gathered at Vista Entertainment Center to acknowledge the students at this year’s event. Learn more about the chamber and its programs at www.vistachamber.org.