Scholarship awards night: 'Amazing feeling'

By Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate June 10, 2014 06:15 pm

Humboldt Area Foundation’s Lise Hamilton, left, awards Margarita Rios with the Dean Cantwell Memorial Scholarship worth $75,000.  Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Humboldt Area Foundation’s Lise Hamilton, left, awards Margarita Rios with the Dean Cantwell Memorial Scholarship worth $75,000. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte Scholarship Foundation hands out $352,600 in scholarships to graduating students 

For Margarita Rios, not going to college wasn’t an option.

Rios, who will graduate from Del Norte High School next week, will be the first in her family to attend college. Thanks to the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation and the Humboldt Area Foundation, Rios can begin her first semester at Sonoma State University in August without worrying about finances.

“It’s a really amazing feeling,” said Rios, who is the recipient of the Dean Cantwell Memorial Scholarship, a three-year $25,000 a year award. “My parents were nervous that I wouldn’t be able to afford college. Now I don’t have anything to worry about. I’m blessed and thankful.”

 

Rios was one of many who received monetary awards at the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation’s annual awards night at Del Norte High School on Wednesday. The foundation awarded 443 scholarships on Wednesday, said scholarship coordinator Bonnie Sullivan Finley. 

The awards came from local individuals, organizations, businesses and trusts, including the Humboldt Area Foundation, who gave away a total of $352,600 (an increase of $75,250 over last year) to Del Norte County students, Finley said. Dell was also awarded $20,000 to Del Norte students, she said.

“You get to see what our community is: They love their kids,” Finley said. “We’re poor and we’re isolated and we’re rural, but we get a lot of support from the community.”

At the event, Del Norte High School English teacher Alison Eckart encouraged the award recipients to thumb through a version of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” that featured the stories of former Del Norte County students. She reminded the current graduates to remember to send their thank you notes.

“We want them to remember why Del Norte is fantastic,” Eckart said. “It’s the only place that donates a quarter of a million dollars to you. Be grateful.”

Many students received multiple scholarships on Wednesday. Brooke Trujillo, Del Norte High’s senior president and ASB vice president, received a total of $9,200 from 14 different scholarships. She will be going to Sacramento State University in the fall and will major in history and minor in policy making. Trujillo said she hopes to become an archivist at the Smithsonian Institute some day.

“I feel really fortunate for growing up in a community (that is) so supportive,” she said. “Without their support a lot of our students probably would not be going to four-year universities. (We’re) thankful for their generosity.”

Rios, who is going to go into Sonoma State’s nursing program, said she has her mother to thank for encouraging her to be successful.

“She’s been through hard times being a teenage mother,” Rios said. “She wanted nothing like that for me. She wants me to go far.”

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Editor’s note: The remainder of the scholarship list will be printed in Tuesday’s Triplicate.

Scholarship recipients

Marie Dutra Gambrel Scholarship:

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $500

Humboldt Area Foundation:

Vincent Dutton - $500

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $1,200

Christina Levy - $2,000

Maria Thao - $1,000

Kirsten Williams - $2,000

HSU Balabanis Award

Kirsten Williams - $1,000

HSU Shaw Award

Maria Thao - $1,000 

Dean Cantwell Memorial Scholarship

Margarita Rios - $25,000/year for three years

Harriet & Lawrence Wheeler Trust

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $4,000

DNHS Counselors Award

Dylan Pease - $1,000

Cash for College Award

Lyndon Yang - $1,000

Northcoast College Access

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $3,000

Kira Hudson - $3,000

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $3,000

Christina Levy - $3,000

Anna Lor - $1,500

Sheng Lor - $3,000

Dylan Pease - $3,000

Margarita Rios - $3,000

Becky Thao - $3,000

Angeline Vang - $3,000

Lyndon Yang - $3,000

Education for Success - $400

Isabella Kwiatkowski

Samuel Murphy

Wayne Hawthorne Memorial 

Ephraim Romesburg - $500

George Berry Memorial 

Brooke Trujillo - $300

Earl Bokor Memorial

David Plechaty - $400

Beta Sigma Phi Xi Iota Mu - $200 awards

Kaitlyn Clemann

Brooke Trujillo

CC Jaycees Distinguished Young Women

Kayla Cain - $700

Halie DeArman - $200 

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $900

Sarah Pearson - $1,600

Kira Standring - $300

Brooke Trujillo - $200

Irving/Davida Shipkowitz Memorial

Sophia Lucero - $1,000 

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $500

Daughters of the American Revolution - $500 awards

Michael Fearing

Morgan Gibson

Rachel Malone

Kaylee Schiavone

Christie Babich Memorial

Ashton Smedley - $250

Ed Eagles Memorial

Ashton Smedley - $250

Angel Holt Memorial

Clancey Barrington - $300

Kayla Cain - $400

Halie DeArman - $200

Vincent Dutton - $250

Brice Lopez - $200

Kelsey Mercer - $300

Joshanna Norbury - $150

Sarah Russell - $350

Deleana Saylor - $150

LaRae Segura - $250

Wendy Thao - $150

Kirsten Williams - $300

Sutter Coast Hospital - $1,000 awards

Christina Levy

GaBao Thao

Northern Knights Car Club - $2,000

Michael Fearing

Lighthouse Quilters Guild - $250 awards

Ge Chang

Derek Higgins

Isabella Kwiatkowski

Rachel Malone

Kristyn Rook

Michael Rooney

Carl Potter Family Memorial - $250 awards

Christen Camarena

Rachel Malone

Pati and Bill Stamps Sr. Memorial - $500 awards

Kristynn Bertolini

Christen Camarena

Kaitlyn Clemann

Strand Hill

Kelsey Mercer

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

David Plechaty

Michael Rooney

Taylor Shanle

Kira Standring

Miguel Pelayo-Zepeda

Ellen Brown Memorial - $500 awards

Sarah Russell

Jonathan Yang

Del Norte Historical Society

Sarah Russell - $500

Phil and Beth Schafer Memorial

Miguel Pelayo-Zepeda - $750

Ruby and Guy Spurger Memorial

Gavin Ball - $500

Aaron Blundell - $500

William and Ida Hall Memorial 

Brice Lopez - $500

David Sathe - $500

Jonathan Yang - $1,000

Ashley Hartwick Memorial 

Kristynn Bertolini - $500

Crystal Pozzi Memorial

Aaron Blundell - $350

Sandra Callison Memorial

Jonathan Yang - $1,000

Dennis Benson Memorial

Derek Higgins - $300

Harold Del Ponte Memorial - $500 award

Kaitlyn Clemann

Paul Martinez

Becky Thao

Eric Turner

Lucille Ralston Schlack Memorial

Clancey Barrington - $1,000

Dan and Joyce Rakestraw Memorial

Colin Wakefield - $350

Charles and Margaret Howe

Linda Lor - $600

Robert Stanhurst Memorial

Paul George - $550

Sandra Pappas Memorial - $200 awards

Michael Fearing

Kongmong Her

Emma Stevenson

Maria Thao

Lyndon Yang

Footprinters’ Bingo Award

Vincent Dutton - $500

Rodney Jahn Memorial

Ryan Waite - $1,000

Ruby Van Deventer Memorial

Josiah Johnson - $500

Del Norte Sunrise Rotary

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $2,000

Chase Markytan - $500

Paul Martinez - $1,000

Emily Smith - $1,000

Maria Thao - $500

Del Norte Administrators - $500

Savannah Blancarte

Michael Fearing

Morgan Gibson

Brooke Trujillo

Del Norte Teachers Association - $250 awards

Jackson Evans

Michael Fearing

Morgan Gibson

Brice Lopez

Samuel Murphy

Del Norte Healthcare District - $250

Anna Lor

Sarah Russell

Mike Whalen Memorial - $300 awards

MacKenzie Amos

Colin Wakefield

Doris Whalen

Kristynn Bertolini - $300

Edith Baggett Memorial

Morgan Gibson - $500

Beall Family Foundation - $1,000 awards

Kiera Davis

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano

Ruth Hughes Memorial

Paul George - $300

Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 1689

Kaitlyn Clemann - $400

Christina Levy - $250

Paul Martinez - $400

Margarita Rios - $250

Colin Wakefield - $400

John and Fran Short Memorial

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $150

Brooke Trujillo - $250

Gerardo Zottola Memorial - 

Rachel Malone - $500

DENOCOS Credit Union - $300 awards

Jackson Evans

Brice Lopez

Samuel Murphy

Caleb Sorensen

Kira Standring

Eric Turner

Steven Short Memorial 

Kristynn Bertolini - $300

Eden Chadwick - $200

Mateha Hanes-Currie - $300

Ashton Smedley - $200

Rothbar Cavaliers - $500 awards

David Sathe

Ryan Waite

Trees of Mystery

Gavin Ball - $500

Donna Redmond Memorial

Paul Martinez - $1,000

Del Norte Ministers Fellowship - $425 awards

Chris Levy

Christina Levy

Redwood Cruisers Car Club - $500 awards

Michael Fearing

Mateha Haynes-Currie

USBA/CC Bowling Association - $400 awards

Robert Kravenek

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

Crescent City Women’s Club - $2,000 awards

Kaitlyn Clemann

Michael Fearing

Katie Quick

LaRae Segura

Brooke Trujillo

Richard Crist Memorial

Eric Turner - $1,000

CA Retired Teachers Association - $300 awards

Clancey Barrington

Morgan Gibson

Samuel Murphy

David Sathe

Ephraim Romesberg

Eric Epperson Memorial 

Kaitlyn Clemann - $500

Derek Higgins - $2,000

Dylan Pease - $500

Morrison Family Award - $1,000 awards

Dylan Pease

Brooke Trujillo

Crescent City Triathlon

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $500

Leo Sullivan Memorial

Dylan Pease - $500

Dee Sullivan Memorial

Kaitlyn Clemann - $500

Lighthouse Repertory Theater - 

James Burgess - $200

Vincent Dutton - $400

Strand Hill - $200

Kira Hudson - $200

Crescent City Car Club - $500 awards

Eden Chadwick

Michael Fearing

Delta Kappa Gama

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $750

Bussey Memorial

Paul George - $1,500

Steve Luis Memorial

Kaitlynn Clemann - $200

Jackson Evans - $100

Hawk Mattz - $150

Hunter Mattz - $150

Cristian Puente-Reynaga - $150

Eric Turner - $150

Kirsten Williams $200

John E. O’Connell Memorial

Erika Peters - $500

DNHS Male and Female Athlete of the Year - $250

Kaitlyn Clemann

Dylan Pease

DNHS Interact Club - $250 awards

Sabrina Bustamonte

Eden Chadwick

Halie DeArman

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano

Isabella Kwiatkowski

Christina Levy

Chaise Markytan

Paul Martinez

Alicia Olson

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

Margarita Rios

Becky Thao

Maria Thao

Wendy Thao

Brooke Trujillo

Kirsten Williams

Crescent City Rotary Club

Aaron Blundell - $500

Jordan Carpenter - $500

Halie DeArman - $1,000

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $1,500

Samuel Murphy - $1,000

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $1,500

David Plechaty - $1,500

David Sathe - $500

Becky Thao - $1,000

Brooke Trujillo - $1,500

Cochran Law Office

Kaitlyn Clemann - $500

Cochran Family - $500 awards

Michael Fearing

Samuel Murphy

Bob King Memorial

Emily Smith - $200

DN Portuguese Community

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $600

Bruce Conner Memorial

Jordan Carpenter - $300

Greg Gilchrist Award - $5,000 awards

Kaitlyn Clemann

Dylan Pease

DNHS Music Boosters - $300 awards

James Burgess

Strand Hill

Alicia Olson

Kira Standring

CSEA Great Northern Chapter - $350 awards

Paul George

David Plechaty

Caleb Sorenson

Bill Sullivan Memorial

Dylan Pease - $500

VFW John McElroy Post 1381 - $1,000 awards

Clancey Barrington

Halie DeArman

Rachel Malone

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

Emily Smith

Brooke Trujillo

Westbrook Family/Eloise Spencer Memorial

Morgan Gibson - $150

Pamela Stroud Memorial

Nina Lor - $350

Bob Case Memorial

Jordan Carpenter $200

Chris and Shirley Weiskamp Memorial

Brooke Trujillo - $250

Greg Wier Memorial 

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $350

Ashby Smith Memorial

Margarita Rios - $500

Archie Gargaetas Memorial  - $500 awards

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

David Plechaty

Destiny’s Angel Scholarship

Kaitlyn Clemann - $5,000

Mateha Haynes-Currie - $2,500

Brice Lopez - $2,500

Margarita Rios - $2,500

Bernice Humphrey 

Kayla Cain - $500

Murray Richards

Brice Lopez - $500

Del Norte Farm Bureau - $250 awards

Clancey Barrington

Mateha Haynes-Currie

Hawk Mattz

Hunter Mattz

David Plechaty

Eric Turner

Colin Wakefield

Del Norte Association of Realtors

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $375

Steven Hemmingsen - $500

Alicia Olson - $750

Kirsten Williamson - $375

Scholarship Mentoring - $1,000 awards

Kayla Cain

Jordan Carpenter

Eden Chadwick

Kiera Davis

Vincent Dutton

Paul George

Isabella Kwiatkowski

Paul Martinez

Alicia Olson

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva

Margarita Rios

Ephraim Romesberg

Becky Thao

GaBao Thao

Maria Thao

Brooke Trujillo

Kirsten Williams

Elva and Warren Hornsby Memorial Trust - $1,500 awards

Sabrina Butamonte

Kayla Cain

Jordan Carpenter

Guillermo Espinoza

Christina Levy

Tom and Mabel Westgard Memorial Trust

Alison Farr - $500

Dakota Mattz - $500

Hawk Mattz - $500

Hunter Mattz - $500

Erika Peters - $1,000

Robert Fortaine Memorial Trust - $500 awards

Dakota Mattz

Hawk Mattz

Hunter Mattz

Russell Field Memorial Trust - $500 awards

Kayla Cain

Paul George

Morgan Gibson

Strand Hill

Kira Hudson

Isabella Kwatkowski

Rachel Malone

David Plechaty

Margarita Rios

Kirsten Williams

Richard Bruce and David Anderson Memorial Trust - $750 awards

James Burgess

Ge Chang

Vincent Dutton

Mateha Haynes-Currie

Isabella Kwiatkowski

Nina Lor

David Plechaty

Michael Rooney

Caleb Sorenson

GaBao Thao

Maria Thao

Mary Kerns Memorial Trust

Morgan Gibson - $1,500

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $1,500

Rachel Malone - $1,500

LaRae Segura - $750

Angeline Vang - $1,200

Mary Evelyn Short Memorial

Gavin Ball - $500

Kristynn Bertolini - $1,000

Ge Chang - $1,000

Halie DeArman - $1,000

Mateha Haynes-Currie - $500

Kongmong Her - $500

Anna Lor - $1,500

Nina Lor - $500

Sheng Lor - $1,000

Chase Markytan - $500

Kelsey Mercer - $500

Alicia Olson - $1,000

Miguel Pelayo-Zepeda - $500

Cristian Puente-Reynaga - $500

Margarita Rios - $1,500

Kiera Roberts - $500

Joshua Severns - $1,000

Emily Smith - $1,500

Kira Standring - $1,500

Becky Thao - $1,000

GaBao Thao - $1,000

Maria Thao - $500

Kaylee Thompson - $500

Lynn Vance - $500

Tou Yer Vang - $500

Karina Villanueva-Cortez - $500

Kirsten Williams - $1,500

Basil Ronjoin Memorial Trust

Clancey Barrington - $1,200

Savannah Blancarte - $2,500

Kayla Cain - $1,000

Christen Camarena - $500

Eden Chadwick - $300

Kiera Davis - $2,500

Leah Eakes - $2,500

Paul George - $750

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $600

Strand Hill - $2,500

Kira Hudson - $3,000

Isabella Kwiatkowski - $750

Chris Levy - $250

Christina Levy - $1,000

Linda Lor - $250

Rachel Malone - $2,500

Chase Markyton - $250

Paul Martinez - $600

Sam Murphy - $750

Joshanna Norbury - $150

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $2,500

David Plechaty - $2,500

Katie Quick - $1,000

Ephraim Romesberg - $1,200

Michael Rooney - $250

Deleana Saylor - $500

Ashton Smedley - $150

Kira Standring - $750

Wendy Thao - $600

Colin Wakefield - $150

Blair Westbrook - $1,000

Kirsten Williams - $1,500

Lyndon Yang - $750

Noel and Margaret Lacombe Memorial Trust

Kristynn Bertolini - $1,000

Savannah Blancarte - $1,000

Jordan Carpenter -$1,000

Eden Chadwick - $1,000

Kaitlyn Clemann - $1,000

Kiera Davis - $1,000

Jacob Dudzik - $500

Leah Eakes - $1,000

Jackson Evans - $500

Allyson Farr - $1,000

Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano - $1,000

Steven Hemmingsen - $1,000

Derek Higgins - $1,000

Josiah Johnson - $500

Chris Levy - $500

Christina Levy $1,000

Linda Lor - $500

Nina Lor - $500

Alicia Olson - $500

Alan Olvera - $500

Raquel Pamplona Da Silva - $1,000

Ephraim Romesberg - $1,000

Michael Rooney - $1,000

Deleana Saylor - $500

Joshua Severns - $500

Taylor Shanle - $1,000

Emily Smith - $1,000

Robin Smith - $500

Emma Stevenson - $500

Brooke Trujillo - $1,000

Lynn Vance - $500

Tou Yer Vang - $250

Jonathan Yang - $1,000

Panhia Yang - $250

Aaron Bluncell - $1,000

Del Norte Scholarship Foundation General Fund

Sabrina Bustamonte - $500

Leah Eakes - $500

Guillermo Espinoza - $500

Kongmong Her - $300

Sheng Lor - $300

Haylee Thompson - $300

Panhia Yang - $250