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Exchange Club of Newport Harbor Awards More Than $63,000 in Educational Scholarships and Prizes to NMUSD Students

The announced the results of several awards programs benefiting (NMUSD) students. The oldest nonprofit service club in Newport Beach, the Exchange Club gives more than $63,000 annually to students in the District. The high school students who receive the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award demonstrated the ability to not only overcome obstacles in their lives, but also move forward by making a positive change in their outlook and performance. The students recognized at a luncheon were Isabella Maez-Akins, Frances Daly, Silvestre Gonzalez, Valeria Sanchez Lopez, Christopher Navarro, Marco Ruiz and Ashley Stanwick of ; Eric Thompson of ; Caitlyn Roum of ; Anabelle Pham of ; Maria Ceja-Ceja of ; and William Yanez of . Each student received a $3,000 scholarship for a two- or four-year college or state-recognized technical institution. Caitlyn will also receive an additional $2,500 scholarship as the California/Nevada District Exchange Club Winning Female Recipient. What does America mean to you? was the theme for this year’s Patriotic Art Contest. Thirty-one elementary students created artwork that was judged based on the originality of concept, presentation, patriotism expressed, how the content relates to patriotism, clarity of ideas and total impact. The following fifth-grade students from were recognized at the Exchange Club’s Field of Honor Youth Ceremony and at their school: Maya Baker, first place; Kylie Swegles, second place; Emily Sequeira, third place; and James Karjala, honorable mention. Elementary students from seven NMUSD schools wrote essays on What Do You Think Makes a Good Citizen?” for the Young Citizenship Essay contest. The following first-place recipients each received a Kindle Fire: fifth-grader Chloe Olotu and sixth-grader Thalia Hogan of ; fourth-grader Estella Nguyen, fifth-grader Hibba Afridi and sixth-grader Zoe FitzSimmons of ; sixth-grader Kahlua Shockley of ; sixth-grader Tara Sharifzadeh of ; fifth-grader Maddi Rassmussen of ; fourth-grader Sebastian Gonzalez, fifth-grader Marisol Duffin and sixth-grader Christopher Cacho of ; and sixth-grader Kit Harrington of . Wesley Foell, also a sixth-grader at Mariners, was awarded second-place honors. Kit was selected to read her essay at the Exchange Club’s Field of Honor Youth Ceremony on May 27. The Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year Award is presented to one male and one female student from four NMUSD comprehensive high schools. Receiving a plaque and a $3,000 scholarship are Alex Sunday and Francesca Disanto of ; Aiden Spallone and Emiko Grun of ; Lily Shandalove and Dane Dodge of ; and Pete York and Maddie Malouf of . NMUSD extends its congratulations to all the winners.
Source: CDM High School New

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