School graduation time is always fun, and it is so inspirational to watch and hear the graduating students talk about their goals.
The Crescenta-Cañada Lions Club for years has given scholarships to help them continue their education. This year, the club gave six graduating seniors each a $1,000 scholarship.
The Lions Club worked closely with the administrators of both Crescenta Valley and La Cañada high schools to select candidates to personally interview for the scholarships.
The Lions Club hosted an awards dinner at La Cabanita Restaurant in Montrose last Thursday evening to honor the students who received the scholarships. The students were a very impressive group of young people.
The winning students were each called up to introduce themselves, talk about where they were going to college and their career goals.
Danica Bentiz from Crescenta Valley High School is going to Emerson College in Boston to major in journalism and media arts. She plans to become a media publisher.
Amanda Borlin from La Cañada High School plans to attend USC in the fall to major in business management.
Yoom Lee from Crescenta Valley High School plans to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., to major in biology and become a physician.
Ik Song also graduated from Crescenta Valley High School. He plans to attend UCLA to major in biochemistry, and then go on to medical school.
Bianca Saleebyan graduated from La Cañada High School, plans to begin her college career at Glendale Community College and then transfer to UCLA for a degree in education. She plans to become a teacher.
The sixth winning student Kristen Chen from La Cañada High School was unable to attend the awards dinner. Kristen is already involved in a language education program in Costa Rica working toward a career in language arts.
Crescenta-Cañada Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday at the CitiBank conference room, 2350 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For information, call Art Rinaman at (818) 225-5100, Ext 243.
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY EDUCATION AWARD
The Glendale Unified School District honors a local organization every year with a special award for that organization's dedication to public education. The Burtis E. Taylor Community Education Award recognizes an organization whose service and support has contributed significantly to Glendale schools.
The Glendale Fil-Am Kiwanis Club was selected this year.
The Fil-Am Kiwanis Club has for several years been very active in the building of the Pacific Avenue Education Center and sponsoring its many innovative education programs. The club has given more than $25,000 in support of the education center to help children with special needs.
The club has been very active in the Adopt a School Project; given funds for occupational therapy equipment; donated computers and books to the center, and sponsored the Folk Arts Show. The club is also a sponsor of "Children Helping Children Fashion Show", which raises funds for the center.
Club President Delilah Dijamco accepted the award at a special school district event and told the audience how the club plans to continue its support of the needs of public education.
Fil-Am Kiwanis Club meets at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at Max's Restaurant, 313 W. Broadway. Glendale. For more information, call Adel Luzuriaga at (818) 956-8300.
BRUCE CAMPBELL can be reached at (626) 403-1010, cell phone (626) 664-2223, or email@example.com.