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2018 Senior Scholarship Award Recipients

SANGER HIGH SCHOOL

VON BALANON
Von has a 4.170 GPA and ranks 23rd in his class. He plans to study graphic design and journalism at San Francisco State University.  Von was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Von has been graphics editor at the Hi-Light’s Newspaper and he is an accomplished musician. He has been a percussionist in the pit orchestra for Sanger’s Blossom Trail Players and the Fresno-Madera Music Educator Association honor band. He also is a member of Sanger High’s jazz band and the marching band.

He has provided community service through his church where he is a youth and discussion leader and has volunteered at numerous backpack and Christmas outreaches. Because Von’s parents work out of town, his church has helped him become independent and has given him opportunity to pursue his volunteer activities.


MATTHEW CASTILLO
Matthew has a 4.174 GPA and ranks 22nd in his class. He plans to study Liberal Studies with a minor in mathematics at either Fresno State or Fresno Pacific University and become a teacher.  Matthew was awarded a $1,500 student scholarship.

Matthew is on the Track and Field team, an officer of the Drama Club, a Block S recipient, is currently student government ASB Secretary and president of the Sanger Interact Club.   He participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference in Thousand Oaks and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. Other services he has participated in include HOPE Sanger and the Boys and Girls Club of Sanger.

“Community service is something that I make an important part of my life,” Matthew says. “Leadership is more than what you do with yourself, it is also what you do for those around you. I have made a commitment to give back to the community of Sanger.”


TALLIE CLOUD
Tallie has a 4.439 GPA and ranks 1st in her class. She plans to double major in Neuroscience and Spanish.  She is a Valedictorian, an AP Scholar with Honor, a National Merit Commended Scholar, a Star Scholar Athlete, and a California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member.  Tallie Cloud was awarded a $2,000 student scholarship.

She has been on the Varsity Swim Team and has been the team’s captain and has been on the Varsity Water Polo team for two years. Tallie is a member of Future Farmers of America, serving as president, vice president, reporter, and historian. She is a National Science Fair winner where she showcased her studies at the White House Science Fair.

Tallie hopes to serve her community through medicine, especially with the migrant and Spanish speaking communities. As an advocate for her community she has written broadcasts about agricultural education and used her voice to bring awareness to the issues and events within the town of Sanger.


KENDYL LASSLEY
Kendyl has a 4.159 GPA and ranks 29th in her class. She plans to study nursing and eventually get her Ph.D in pediatrics.  She will be attending Fresno State. She is a Block S recipient for all four years, and received the Academic Scholar Award, the Scholar Athlete Award and is a California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member. Kendyl was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Kendyl has served on the Water Polo Team, the Swimming Team, Drama Club, and is involved with student government as Senior Class Treasurer and is a member of Girl Scouts and National Honor Society.

She is a committed to community service and is involved with a Christian club called REACH which gives students on campus a place where they feel safe, meet new friends, and where they are treated equally. She has also participated in organizations helping the homeless, tutoring elementary students in math, and raising money for families in need.


GRACE MILLER
Grace has a 4.256 GPA and ranks 8th in her class. She plans to study Sociology. She has not made a decision on where she will attend school. She has received the Block S Award all four years of high school, and the San Joaquin Valley Merit Award. Grace was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Grace is president of the Feminist Club, treasurer of the Green Team, and president of the Speech and Debate Team. She volunteers her time with ACT for Women and Girls, Planned Parenthood, and Hand Home for adults with special needs.

Grace summarizes her community services by saying, “Compromise, enthusiasm, and tenacity have been key to my successes, as I have mobilized by peers politically and socially to care about issues such as gender equality, political instability, environmental justice, and so much more.”


SATPINDER (SUNNY) SANGHA
Sunny has a 4.250 GPA and ranks 9th in his class. He plans to study Political Science and hopes to become at civics law professor. He is a four-year S Block Award winner, a Scholar Athlete, and a Scholar Champion. Sunny was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Sunny is president of Student Government and is on the track team. He volunteers every Sunday at his church serving the elders their food, rolling out carpets, and cleaning dishes. As Sunny puts it, “Community service, by itself, is powerful but what holds more virtue is the ability to establish a culture through service.”


GRACE OCHS
Grace has a 4.25 GPA and is ranked 9th in her class.  She plans to major in Environmental Science with the minor in Political Science and will be attending UC San Diego. She is an Academic Scholar, an Academic Block S Award winner, a Scholar Athlete, and USA Water Polo Academic All-American. Grace was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Grace has participated in varsity water polo, JV softball, the varsity swim team, the Interact Act club, student government, and Girl Scouts.

Grace was encouraged to participate in 13 years of community service through the Girl Scouts, where she logged 50 hours of service at the ACT animal shelter; she has also volunteered at the Poverello House, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Community Food Bank.



HALLMARK CHARTER

ANDREA POOLE
Andrea has a 4.0 GPA and ranks 1st in her class. She plans to major in biology and minor in a second language at Fresno State. She hopes to attend medical school in the future. Andrea is Scholar Athlete, is on the President’s Honor Roll, and is a member of the California High School Rodeo Association and is a two-time plant biology awarded winner at the Sate Science Fair. Andrea was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

She has been a private tutor, has participated in the Special Rodeo for Disabled Individuals, and a leader at Abundant Life Ranch, a non-profit organization that serves to teach underprivileged youth and victims of human-trafficking.

Andrea serves her community as a youth leader in Vacation Bible School for the First Baptist Church in Clovis and leads a preschool that help young children establish the foundations of their faiths.

Through the California High School Rodeo Association, she has hosted several canned food drives and has helped kids less fortunate than she enjoy the fun activities of rodeo.