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2013 Students of Promise Recipients & Videos

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 8:05 am

On March 18, 2013, seventeen amazing high school juniors were recognized as Students of Promise. Started in 2001, the Students of Promise Scholarship Program honors students who are attending school on a regular basis, showing responsibility and succeeding in school in spite of very challenging situations in their personal lives.

On each high school campus, there are students who face extreme obstacles that could easily affect their performance at school, but somehow these students do not let challenges get in their way. Obstacles that students face include: growing up in foster care, homelessness, poverty, critical illness, death of parents, drug addiction, gang affiliation, becoming a teen parent, and much more. Each year, Foundation Directors read letters from school counselors and teachers about some extraordinary young people who have beat the odds.

The Students of Promise award is given to students in their junior year to reward them for persevering through tough times and to encourage them to keep up the good work. Upon graduating from high school, each Student of Promise is eligible to receive a $1,500 scholarship for a college or technical school.

Veronica Ochoa, a 2008 Clovis High recipient, had this to say about Students of Promise: “Today I purchased my cap and gown, as I will be graduating in less than two months with my Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Fresno State. I started thinking about everyone who had a part in my journey to crossing the finish line and wanted to thank the Foundation for Clovis Schools for being a part of that journey. It truly means a lot to me that there are others out there who care about education and that your organization cared enough to recognize myself and others for our success in the face of adversity.”

This year’s recipients are:

Buchanan High School

Richard Fiore

Virginia Healon

Brie Janae Oliver

Jeff Saul

Clovis East High School

Meghan Christopherson

Karris Gentile

Clovis High School

Oscar Gutierrez

Kolby Jizmejian

Ashley Lucckesi

Blake Martin

Clovis North High School 

Ralph De La Mora

Stephanie Tran

Clovis West High School

India Alexander

Katrina Howard

Jalen Swank

Gateway High School

Martin Lorta

Aarin Starlin

Channel 24 News video

Student of Promise video

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