Orange County students accounted for 32 of the 196 recent high school graduates statewide who received merit-based scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000 from the UCLA Alumni Assn. Advisory and Scholarship Program.
The 196 students, all entering UCLA, were ranked highest among 1,500 candidates who applied for the grants.
Orange County honorees are Keith Joe, Katella High, and Melissa Wu, Magnolia High, $500; Kristin Brainerd, $500, and Brian Johnson, $500, Mater Dei High; Ann Choi, $500, Estancia High.
Also, Christine Wan, $3,000, Cypress High; Tiffani Chin, $500, El Toro High, and Vivian Chu, $500, Marina High; Johnny Graves, $500, and Mark Hasegawa, $760, Fountain Valley High.
Others are Shailen Mistry, $500, Sunny Hills High; Nadia Yakoob, $500, and Stacy Yamanishi, $750, both of Brea-Olinda High; David Koga, $500, Edison High; Omar Ahmed, $750, and Jenny Hsieh, $750, of Irvine High, and Talia Emery, $750, Woodbridge High.
Others include Christopher Mcdonald, $4,000, and Maryellen Kennedy, $500, Santa Margarita High; Kristopher Woolley, $3,000, San Clemente High; Nicholas Gustavson, $500, Foothill High; Daniel Good, $750, Sonora High and Megan Weiss, $750, Laguna Beach High.
Also, Lynette Meinecke, $500, and Chiara Padilla, $500, Dana Hills High; Carolyn Fitzgerald, $500, Los Alamitos High and Jennifer Matchey, $500, Capistrano Valkey High.
In addition, Hsu-Chang Chen, $500, Richard Haerle, $3,000, Mathew Holbrook, $500, and Jody Olsen, $750, all of Esperanza High, and Trung Dang, $500, Valencia High.
The South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach presented $1,000 scholarships to Clinton Coil, 17, of Dana Hills High, and Jeff Sherman, 18, of Laguna Beach High.
Both will study for careers in medicine--Coil at UC San Diego and Sherman at UCLA.
The awards were sponsored by the center's auxiliary.
Norman K. H. Miede, a Newport Beach attorney, has been appointed to the board of directors of the World Trade Center Associates (WTCA) of Orange County and will chair the group's Trade Policy Committee.
Miede is also a member of the International Marketing Assn. of Orange County and the California Council of International Trade.
The WTCA, with more than 1,000 members, fosters and promotes international trade and investment in Southern California.
UC Irvine faculty members Joseph Lambert, professor of philosophy; Julia Lupton, assistant professor of English and comparative literature, and Barbara Spackman, professor of English and comparative literature, have been awarded UC President's Research Fellowships in the Humanities. .
Dana Point resident Eileen McDargh has been awarded the certified speaking professional designation by the National Speaking Assn., which requires successful professional speakers to document a minimum of 250 presentations to at least 100 different audiences.
McDargh, who specializes in so-called work force performances and speaks to audiences across the country, is also a writer and the author of "How to Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live."
"How to Beat the Blues," an educational workshop presented by the Orange County Resource Center of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, was recently recognized by the American Assn. of Retired Persons and the U.S. Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as one of 14 health-promotion programs in the country that help older people lead more vital, independent lives. Joyce Bryan of Long Beach is director of the program.
Orange Coast College professors Barbara Bond of Laguna Beach; Carol A. Burke and Kevin L. Shannon of Costa Mesa; Tom B. Garrison and Susan L. Smith, Newport Beach; Dennis L. Kelly, Corona del Mar; Irini Vallera-Rickerson, Laguna Niguel, and Wayne H. Wolfe, Santa Ana, were honored for teaching excellence by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
Kerry Brooke Parker, who attends the USC Graduate School of Gerontology, was selected as a graduate educational trust fund scholar by Kappa Alpha Theta.
Parker, who earlier graduated from UCLA and San Juan Capistrano High, is working with the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging in Washington this summer.
She is the daughter of Betty and John B. Parker of San Juan Capistrano.