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Rotarians and Lions present scholarships

June 19, 2011|By Bruce Campbell

The Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club continued its tradition of recognizing outstanding graduating seniors from Crescenta Valley and La Cañada high schools. The Rotarians held a Scholarship Awards Dinner for the seniors this year at the La Cañada Country Club. Club President Fred Konrad and Scholarship Chairman Frank Whipple organized an inspiring dinner event where scholarships were presented to eight graduating seniors.

Crescenta Valley seniors selected to receive scholarships were Helene Cook, who will attend UCLA for the pre-med program to start her career goal to become a pediatrics surgeon. Guilia Daneshgaran will also attend UCLA for the pre-med program to start her career in microbiology. Katherine Lusby will be going to Glendale Community College to begin her career goal for nursing. Justin Trejo will be attending the Verdugo Fire Academy based at GCC to build toward a career with the U.S. Forest Service.

The club also selected the following four graduating seniors from La Cañada High School to receive scholarships. First, Shannon Ashford will be off to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s School of Business. Miri Kunii is going to New York City to attend the Pratt Institute’s School of Art & Design to major in graphic design. Jessica Lee plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to major in food science and nutrition. And Tatiana Vasily plans to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to major in graphic design and photography.


It was wonderful to see each of the students go up to the lectern to introduce their parents, plus tell about their career goals. The applause was great, and we all thanked the Rotary Club for its continuing support of education in our community.

Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Frank’s Famous Kitchen and Bakery, 3315 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. For more information, call Joe Kroening at (818) 249-2016.


The Northwest Glendale Lions Club gave scholarships and held a special awards luncheon at Marie Callender’s to honor three challenged students’ achievements last week. Each of the students received a scholarship check of $1,000 to reward their efforts in school. Since 1987 the Lions have given 65 special education students a total of $72,500 in scholarship money.

This year the Lions recognized Billy Bowen, Ryan Allen Meier and Paola Tapia for their accomplishments.

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