2019 Scholars

Filipino-American Organization Scholarship awardees, from left to right, are Ciara Acosta (LHS), first place; Veronica Valenton (LHS), second place; Pauline Evangelista (GHS) third place; Jonathan Nguyen (GHS), third place; Raquel Holt, Scholarship Chairperson

Four seniors who recently graduated from Granada High School and Livermore High School received scholarship awards from the Livermore Filipino-American Organization. The scholarship award requirements include: a Filipino-American graduating senior student from a high school in Livermore who is continuing on to college, excellence in academic leadership, extra-curricular involvement, letters of recommendation from teachers, and a written essay: "Growing up as a Filipino-American."

Pauline Evangelista and Jonathan Nguyen, both of GHS, tied for third place and each received $500, Veronica ValentoN, LHS, third place, received $750, and Ciara Acosta, LHS, first place, received $1,000.

• Pauline Evangelista (GHS) has a cumulative GPA of 3.96. She was recognized as a North Coast Section Scholar Athlete in tennis. She was active with the Hip Hop Club that provided entertainment in after-school campus events. Outside school, she held leadership positions in her church including being a youth retreat director, and with the Fil-Am Organization, she received a Youth Leadership award. Pauline plans to enroll at Las Positas College this fall.

• Jonathan Nguyen (GHS) has a cumulative GPA of 3.72. He is a three-time recipient of the North Coast Section Scholar Award for academic achievement while with the varsity wrestling team. As member of the Spanish Cultural Immersion Program, he went to Ecuador and Galapagos to learn more about their culture and history. In his church, he held various leadership positions. Jonathan will enter Chico State University this fall.

• Veronica Valenton (LHS) has a cumulative GPA of 4.09. She was a North Coast Section Scholar, a team captain for cross country that led the school to win the championship. In 2018, she received the Coaches Award for track and field. Outside of school, she is a member of the Rosebuds Girl's Club where she is a leader and speaker that encourages young girls to aim high. Veronica will attend East Bay State University and will take Business Administration majoring in Accounting.

• Ciara Acosta (LHS) has a cumulative GPA of 4.51. She was in the Principal's Honor Roll eleven times and was a North Coast Scholar Athlete as captain of the varsity girls' tennis. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Ciara became a member of Link Crew where she helped ninth graders to feel good and excel. During high school, she held a part-time job helping and tutoring students in their math skills, in algebra, and calculus. She will attend the University of California in Berkeley and will major in Data Science.

Raquel Holt, chairperson of the Livermore Fil-Am Scholarship committee, stated, "These four remarkable students are so motivated and purpose-oriented. They are role models and inspirations to others."

October 6 - 11AM TO 3PM - club members will perform Philippine regional folkdances in authentic costumes to be presented at the Shea Plaza in front of Bankhead Theater. This free to the public fourth annual “Barrio Fiesta” event is in partnership with the Livermore Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) under its Multicultural Programming. Food vendors featuring Filipino cuisine will also be there for purchase.