It is that time of year for the service clubs to begin distributing their scholarship awards. The Magnolia Park Optimist Club made its first awards presentation at the club’s April 5th dinner meeting. This event took place at the Elk’s Club in Burbank. The “Meet the Challenge” awards are given to students who were at risk of not completing their high school educations. Club members Evie Magnante and Sue Kyle presented three students, who met the challenge and are completing their educations in June, with $500 scholarships.
Wendy Reyes from Burbank High School received her scholarship. She will be the first member of her family to go to college. From John Burroughs High School, the winner was Tayler Nunez. She was elected the Homecoming Queen this year. She plans to become an orthodontist. Elizabeth Winning was the recipient of the scholarship from Monterey High School. Elizabeth is planning to become a 2nd-grade teacher.