Shining Students

In an annual tradition, the Woman’s Club of Vista held their Scholarship Luncheon to honor local students. A total of $12,000 was awarded to students of six Vista high schools. Also present at the luncheon included school representatives who spoke about their students’ achievements, challenges, successes, and plans for the future.

Erica Resendiz, Murray High, conquered challenges including multiple schools but she completed the credits needed to graduate weeks early. She plans to become a medical interpreter. Hannah Silos was valedictorian at Guajome Park Academy and graduated with a full IB diploma. She will be attending UC Irvine and plans to work in biomedical engineering. Ruben (Derek) Hernandez, Guajome Park Academy, unable to attend the luncheon, plans to attend community college. Alyssa Graff, Mission Vista High School, sings opera and plans to attend BYU-Provo to major in vocal performance and music education. Jennifer Spears, Mission Vista High School, was inspired to study nursing and she will be attending MiraCosta College. Jenna Steffan, North County Trade Tech, worked on construction projects for all of her four years. She will be attending Brightwood College for medical training. Maggie Ross, Rancho Buena Vista High, served as ASB president and will pursue a biomedical engineering degree at UC Davis. Patrick Fernandez, Rancho Buena Vista High, graduated with full IB diploma and will study biology at MiraCosta College. Sam Van Gundy, Vista High School, promoted inclusion of special needs students by working with Best Buddies and Top Soccer and will attend MiraCosta College. Carl Hughes, Vista High School, will attend Cal State San Marcos to study business marketing.