This year, with the assistance of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Carmel Valley Women’s Club has embarked on a new program to challenge and support outstanding female graduates as they head to new challenges. As in years past, the field is filled with outstanding young ladies who are talented, thoughtful and eager to begin their new college careers, with the financial assistance of the CVWC.
CATHERINE OGATA is aCarmel High Senior, who, with a 4.5 GPA, hopes to continue her studies in photography. She has won honorable mention in the Congressional Arts Competition, and earned a silver key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competitions. She is interested in philanthropy and has participated in the local food banks serving the homeless in Monterey. Catherine also joined the National Charity League and helped lead a kids community camp this past summer in Cachagua.
CHLOE HORNING is a York School Senior with a GPA of 4.13. She grew up in a Francophone household and hopes to achieve a Masters degree in French in college. She has recently won two gold medals in the National French Exam and is a member of the Society Honoraire de Francais. As founder and president of the French Culture Club at her school, she urged her group to adopt Haiti as a project and sent funds to this French speaking country devastated by floods and hurricanes.
CORAL BARRETT of Carmel High, with a 4.2 GPA, is pursuing studies in Artificial Intelligence. This happened following a TED talk she heard when she was a child involving mirror neurons that inspire empathy. She loved the twin concepts of empathy and compassion and sees frontal lobe neurons changing science, technology and, ultimately, humanity. To that end, she started a Human Trafficking Center in Salinas which help
JENIFER SOLANO is a first generation high school graduate and has a 3.4 GPA. At the age of 15, she applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA. She’ll be pursuing a degree in Advertising and Marketing at Sonoma Uni-versity. She’s also a first–gen applying for college, but because she is a “Dreamer,” she can’t apply for federal help. So she’ll be relying even more on our scholarship assistance
JESSICA SMALL has achieved academic success and a 4.21 high school GPA in world history and American literature. She is a high honor roll student who has also excelled in varsity soccer and water polo. She is fascinated by robotics and is a member of the AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) excel courses. She’ll be heading for St. L o u i s University next fall as a health science major. She plans to enter a physician program and medicine could be her future.
KELLY RICE graduates this year with a 4.47 GPA and plans to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, where she interned as an undergraduate, taking courses in the Physics Department where she learned how to diffuse bombs, design 3D parts and program robots. She also worked for the California State Parks as a lifeguard and is a great admirer of the Big Sur coast. Environmental issues will figure prominently in her future studies.
MATTIE CHERRY is in year 2 of undergraduate studies at the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing. She will be graduating from MPC this May. She is applying to CSUMB where she will earn her Nursing Degree. She is interested in advocating for vulnerable populations. Her interests lie in dialysis, geriatric and hospice and palliative care. Becoming a nurse has always been her goal and she has been a volunteer providing basic aid for the Big Sur Marathon, the MPC Influenza Vaccination Clinic and other area programs for health and disease prevention.
C a r m e l H i g h S c h o o l Graduate REBECCA GOREN has a 4.48 G P A w h i c h didn’t seem to influence her decision for her life’s work. Instead, she took on more obligations—AP classes, editor of the school paper, club presidencies, dance projects, they all beckoned to her, as did a video of a self-help group for convicted felons. That actually drove her interest and she is now an advocate for fixing the prison system. As she heads to college, developing programs to help others is at the forefront.
BOTTOM LINE: Caroline Haskell and her committee have made great strides in giving the CVWC and its scholarship program a new image, connecting our organization with a viable, respected donor assist program, the Community Foundation for Monterey County. It’s a positive and well-deserved step for the CVWC and its future. Our young awardees are the beneficiaries.