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Vista Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships to Rising Star High School Students

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TR Robertson -Friday morning at the Morris B. Vance Community Room at the Vista Civic Center was the scene of a catered breakfast for a number of high school students from various schools in Vista, parents, school administrators, teachers, community and civic dignitaries, friends and guests as they honored the scholarship recipients of Vista Chamber of Commerce Rising Star of the Year awards. This year the Chamber was able to award monetary amounts to each student who applied.

The early morning event began with a welcome by Vista Chamber of Commerce CEO Rachel Beld who thanked those in attendance for being at the event to honor the high school seniors. This is the 9th year the Chamber has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors who have been recognized as Rising Star winners and who have applied for the scholarships. Rachel pointed out that Vista is the first Chamber to begin the Rising Star program in San Diego County. She said the program originated at Temecula Valley High School, in 1992, when Sally Meyers brought the program to the Temecula Chamber.

Vista School District Dr. Matt Doyle led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and then said a few words about the importance of the program and also encouraging the students to return to Vista when they graduate from college to bring their enthusiasm and expertise back to Vista. Rachel pointed out that the Chamber has recognized 48 Rising Stars during the year at monthly breakfasts and she thanked Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soaps for sponsoring the breakfast this morning. She said this year the Chamber has awarded $24,000 to the 17 applicants for the scholarships. The Rising Star Program Sponsors were also recognized – Tri-City Medical Center, Watkins Wellness, Cal State San Marcos, Dr. Bronner’s, Dr. Matt Doyle, J&R Auto Body and Paint, Joe Green and Green Team Realty, Tory Walker and Tory R. Walker Engineering, Nick Ljubic Memorial Scholarship Fund, North County Daily Star, Santa Fe Dental, Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista and Vista PEO Chapter. Rachel also thanked a number of dignitaries in attendance from Vista City Council and the City of Vista, the Vista Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Vista Unified School Board of Trustees, County, State and National political offices. Former Vista Mayor Judy Ritter was also in attendance. Vista Mayor John Franklin thanked those in attendance and also reiterated the hope that many of the graduates would return to Vista after their college degrees were completed.

The Rising Star Scholarship Award winners were then announced. A representative from each of the high schools gave a short presentation about the winner and some of the winners gave a short acceptance, including their future plans after graduation, after the award was presented.

Award of Merit$750 scholarships

Melissa Soria – Major General Raymond Murray High School

Harmanpreet Singh – Guajome Park Academy

Tevon Sesay – Guajome Park Academy

Mya Beecher – Guajome Park Academy

Distinguished Female Award $1,000 scholarship

Kimberly Delgado – Vista High School – attend U.C. Santa Barbara majoring in social work

Nikolas Ljubic Awards$1,000 to $1,500 scholarships

Brittany Martinez Martinez – North County Trade Tech High School – attend Palomar Jr.

            College then a medical school majoring in ultra-sound technology

Samantha Schwalbe – Mission Vista High School – attend Cal State Long Beach majoring in

            sports psychology

Liam Jones – Vista High School – attend Cal State San Marcos then run the family business

Evan Fogel – Vista High School – attend either U.S.D or Un. Of Arizona majoring in aerospace


Jacqueline Jacobo – Guajome Park Academy – attend U.C.L.A. majoring in political science

Rising Stars of the Year$2,000 scholarships

Khalif Kamil – Mission Vista High School – attend U.C.L.A. majoring in psychobiology

Hieu Kelly – North County Trade Tech High School – attending Mira Costa College majoring

            in computer design and machinery

Javiyah Moliga – Vista Visions Academy – Mira Costa College majoring in nursing

Ezra Oshima – Rancho Buena Vista High School – Chico State Un. majoring in musical theatre

Josephine Ortega – Major General Raymond Murray High School – Mira Costa College then

            Cal State San Marcos majoring in elementary education

Simarpreet Kaur – Guajome Park Academy – U.C. Riverside majoring in political science and

            administrative studies

Michelle Aguilar – Vista High School – Palomar Jr. College then transferring majoring in

            Business economics

If you or anyone you know might be interested in sponsoring this special program contact the Vista Chamber of Commerce at 760-726-1122.


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