May 14, 1999

Sweetwater Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

The Phil and Alice Creaser Education Foundation of the Sweetwater Union High School District announced the winners for the 1999 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards. Five students who were selected from a total of 31 applicants from Sweetwater district's nine senior high schools, will receive $5,000 college scholarships. Each recipient exhibits exceptional academic achievement and has an outstanding record of school and community service. This year's winners are:

Christopher Kroner, Bonita Vista High — College weighted GPA 4.59

A multi-talented individual, Christopher has demonstrated excellence in all subjects, although math and science are his favorites. He has balanced a full-academic schedule throughout his high school years and managed to excel in sports such as football, track and shop-put, all while working part-time. His honors include academic league member, Boys State Delegate, National English Merit Award, a California Scholarship Federation lifetime member, and Associated Student Body Commissioner of Finance. Christopher is employed as a computet technician and office assistant at Pacific Bariatric Medical Group. He plans to attend UC Davis and major in pre-Med.

Van Nguyen, Bonita Vista High - College weighted GPA 4.88

An active member of student government, Van served as the 1999 student representative to the Sweetwater district board of trustees. Voted by the senior class as Most Likely to Succeed, her academic honors include salutatorian, varsity captain of the academic league and the academic decathlon, California Girls State Delegation, speech and debate club National Forensic League Fifth Degree Speaker, and varsity track and field athlete. Along with playing in the Bonita Vista High School Band and the Sweetwater District Orchestra, she has completed many hours of community service through organizations such as the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, San Diego Natural History Museum and Free Vietnam Alliance and others. Van's love of freedom and civil rights has influenced her dream of becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. But first, she wants to represent the nation as a member of the Foreign Service. Van plans to major in East Asian Studies and attend Harvard University this fall.

Lisa Lopez, Castle Park High - College weighted GPA of 4.75

Lisa has kept busy as Associated Student Body President, co-valedictorian of the Class of 1999, varsity volleyball captain, co-editor of the School Literary Magazine, and a volunteer in local political campaigns and community service organizations. She was selected to attend the 1998 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, a unique enrichment experience for students of special merit and ability. She has received the Macy's Minorities in Medicine Award recognizing her outstanding academic achievement and desire to help others through a career in medicine. Lisa organized a blood drive at Castle Park High which resulted in 38 students donating units of blood to the San Diego Regional Blood Bank. She plans to attend Stanford University and obtain a degree in biology or biomedical engineering and then go to medical school.

Alfreda Mei Purdon, Chula Vista High - College GPA 4.89

Mei is an academic star with outstanding achievement in science. She score a whopping 1500 on the SAT. She is a National Merit Finalist, co-captain of the varsity tennis team, a member of the California Scholarship Federation, and member of the Student Advisory Board of the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Last fall, Mei worked at SDSU Department of Biology she assisted with a study on cell biochemistry. She plans to attend Harvard University and major in chemical engineering, while cross registering at MIT for upper-division chemical engineering classes. Mei's goal is to become an intellectual property lawyer where she will bring the development and discoveries made by scientists and engineers to people's daily lives.

Michelle Richardson, Hilltop High - College weighted GPA 4.63

Michelle is a top student in the Advanced Placement (AP) math and science courses. She has pursued these interests beyond the classroom by working as a research assistant and Children's Hospital Pathology Department. Besides these achievements, she has excelled as Editor-in-Chief of the school's newspaper and officer of the Associated Student Body. Michelle is an accomplished athlete with awards in soccer and track and field events. She has volunteered at AYUB Physical Therapy Clinic and taught younger students for three summers at church camp. Her career interests include biology, medicine and scientific research. Although Michelle hasn't decided on a specific career field, she plans to attend UCLA.

Since 1987, the Creaser foundation has awarded over $300,000 to 62 Sweetwater district graduates attending colleges such as Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and schools in the UC system.

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