Ashley Kathleen Kimery was one of eight young California women presented as a debutante at the 100th California State Society of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Conference held in Santa Clara recently.

A lifelong resident of Glendale, she is a junior at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge. She was escorted by Bradley Volen.

Ashley is the daughter of Kathy and Robert Sofia. Ashley’s mother Kathy is a member of the Don José Verdugo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Debutantes must be between the ages of 17 and 21 and must be a lineal descendant of a patriot who served in the Continental Army or rendered aid to those serving the cause of freedom during the American Revolution.

They may be current members of Children of the American Revolution but it is not a requirement.

Ashley is active on the Flintridge Prep varsity track team and is a Key Club and Leo Club member. She served as a cheerleader for two years.

Ashley actively volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital and has volunteered as a tutor with STAR, a program run by Lake Avenue Church for underprivileged school-age children in need of academic assistance.

Sony Corp. USA awarded Ashley a merit scholarship to participate as an exchange student in Japan during the summer of 2006, sponsored by Youth for Understanding based in Maryland.

Ashley enjoys reading, writing poetry, drawing, dancing, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

She plans to attend a four-year university majoring in psychology following graduation.


Tracy Jackson, a 1999 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, has graduated Summa Cum Laude and third in her class from Western State University College of Law.

At graduation, Jackson was also presented an award for being the Outstanding Female Law Student of the Year.

While at Crescenta Valley High School, Jackson played volleyball, which led her to receiving an athletic scholarship to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania to play volleyball. After graduating college, Jackson went on to law school and graduated this year.


Carol Kim, senior art student at La Cañada High School, will be presented the annual Verdugo Hills Art Assn.’s scholarship award at the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Citibank Community Room, 2350 Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

The public can attend for a $5 donation.

Art became a passion for Kim at 9 years old when several classmates asked her to draw various cartoon characters for them. In addition to her high school curriculum, Kim takes classes at various outside locations focusing on figure drawing, illustration, graphic design and fashion.

For the past two years Kim invested significant personal time to develop her portfolio and has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design and is also on a waiting list for admission to CalArts in Valencia.

If she attends Savannah, she will major in Interactive Game Development, but if she attends CalArts, she plans to major in character animation.

The art association’s scholarship award is funded by members’ donations and this year in great part by the gift of an original watercolor painting donated by the artist John Bohnenberger.

For more information, call Sandy Rooney at (818) 249-9006.

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