Wow, is all I can say to this year’s scholarship winners. It seems that every year the completion gets tougher so these teenagers need to do more with their young lives in order to win a scholarship.
Once again we had three outstanding students, Ben Haslund-Gourley (renewal) who will begin his sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara in the fall, Luke Larson who will be graduating San Marcos High School in June as an AP Scholar with Distinction, and Ella Stimson graduating Dos Pueblos High School and hopes to attend UC Davis in the fall.
We met at the Santa Barbara Gourmet Dining room at 5pm on Sunday evening for a wine social hour until 5:30pm. The program started at 5:30pm with Art introducing Raissa Smorol, a Scholarship Foundation representative so she could speak of the Scholarship Foundation of SB and how they operate. After this the proud parents had the distinct pleasure of introducing their child so they could say a few words.
Also at this event the ASF board of directors gave another award, the Marie A Jendresen award, to Art Kvaas, who has served many years on the board and has served on and chaired almost every committee. He has been invaluable to the ASF, a wonderful thank you to Art for his commitment to continuing to serve and promote our organization.
Might I say too that the food was absolutely outstanding this year at the Gourmet Dining Room. It was a perfect night to honor such wonderful people.