The Glendale Elks honored 15 Glendale local high school seniors at their 80th annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 26 at the local lodge.

Out of the top 10 students sent to district judging, all advanced to the district and state competition. At the district level, 10 of the 15 students who advanced to the state finals were from the Glendale Lodge; four became $800 state-allocated winners, and six were awarded $4,000 Elk national finalists.

Four of the local lodge’s outstanding seniors were “adopted” by other area lodges as the local lodge exceeded its allotment of scholarships, said Jack Wright, scholarship chairman for the local Elks organization.

The Elks awarded a total of $32,250 to 15 accomplished seniors. Crescenta Valley High School had the most with a total of five scholarship winners, followed by three from Glendale. Franklin and Hoover high schools had two each, and the L.A. County High School for the Performing Arts and North Hollywood Magnet high schools had one each.

Top $4,000 finalists were three Crescenta Valley seniors Jennifer Lee, who will attend USC; Sungwoo Chon, who will attend Princeton; and Dyllan Lee, who will attend UC Berkeley in the fall.

Hoover High School’s Mehnaaz Chowdhury will attend the University of Chicago, and Joyce Shinn will attend Barnard in New York. Leslie Kim of Glendale, who attends the North Hollywood Magnet High School, will attend USC.

During Wright’s 13-year tenure as the Glendale Elks scholarship chairman, the program awarded more than $322,000 to 291 outstanding local scholars.


Natalie Granucci Kim of Glendale has become a member of Phi Sigma Theta’s National Honor Society at UC San Diego. The society is dedicated to recognizing and rewarding academic achievement in undergraduates at institutions of higher learning.

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