Published : Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 3:11 PM
Continuing a long tradition of giving back to the students, many community and academic organizations awarded over 30 top John Muir High School seniors approximately $120,000 in cash scholarships/awards raised from their members at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday May 29 in the Muir gym. Muir’s Class of 2018 have been awarded approximately $500,000 in Cal Grants, another estimated $525,000 in academic and athletics-based aid from the universities they will be attending and and an estimated $55,000 in tuition assistance from foundations and programs that encourage college enrollment. It is also estimated that the Pasadena City College Promise program will cover about $200,000 of the tuition/credit costs of these seniors attending PCC. This brings the total cash scholarships/awards, aid and tuition grants awarded to the Class of 2018 to over $1.4 million.
The very unique John Muir Alumni Association was well represented, awarding 22 scholarships totaling $26,750. The classes of 1956, 1965, 1966, 1970 and 1977 are all currently awarding annual scholarships. Muir’s Mentoring for Partnership and Youth Development awarded $10,000 in scholarships to its graduating seniors. The Pasadena/Altadena Links awarded 7 scholarships totaling $8000, and the NAACP awarded 7 scholarships totaling $7000. Retired Muir principal Sheryl Orange awarded 5 scholarships totaling $5000. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter awarded 4 scholarships totaling $5000. The Jack and Jill, Julia Scotten Scholarship awarded 2 scholarships totaling $5000. The Kiwanis Club of Altadena awarded 4 scholarships $2000 and the Kiwanis Club of Pasadena awarded 2 scholarships totaling $2000. The Pasadena Rotary and the Altadena Rotary each awarded 2 scholarships totaling $4000. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority awarded 3 scholarships totaling $3000. The Johnson Family awarded 3 scholarships totaling $2000. The Quality of Life Center awarded 2 scholarships totaling $2000.
The JMHS PTA awarded 2 scholarships totaling $1000. The Schools First Credit Union awarded 2 scholarships totaling $400. 22 Single scholarships and awards totaling over $32,000 were also given by the Association of Pasadena School Administrators, the Association of California School Administrators Region XV, Arnold’s Music, the Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship, Chick-Fil-A, the Community Organization of Pasadena for Advancement in Education, the Crystal Pittman Greene Scholarship, the Daughter of the American Revolution, the Gerald Freeny Excellence in Service Scholarship, the JMHS Elizabeth Rothwell Scholarship for UC Davis, the JMHS Sylvia L. Jones Foreign Language Award, the Norman Schmidt Art Scholarship, the Nettie Piggee Citizenship Award, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Outstanding Achievement in Workability, the Pasadena Alliance of African American School Educators, the Pasadena Foothill Realtors, the Robert Gould Memorial Scholarship, the Pasadena Educational Foundation Edison STEM Scholarship, the Jackie Robinson Scholarship, the Shakespeare Club and Women in Action.
The annual John Muir Service Awards, the highest honor the school confers, were awarded to Taicyanna Butler, Sydney Cattouse, Darby Gunter, Brenda Lopez Ardon, Alondra Nieto-Arredondo, Sepehr Ramshini, Osman Rodriguez, Rachel Ruiz-Garcia, Jayson Salvador, Jonathan Stevens, Rosa Trujillo, Richard Vega, Philomena Verceles and Julio Zelaya.
The Seal of Biliteracy was awarded to Kevin Arreola, Adrian Ayala, Alonso De La Torre, Jose Dominguez, Angel Flores-Pacheco, Brenda Lopez Ardon, Belen Luna-Rosales, Melissa Mejia, Alondra Nieto-Arredondo, Andres Pena, Osman Rodriguez, Rachel Ruiz-Garcia, Gabriela Sandoval, Carlos Sosa-Corona, Rosa Trujillo, Ricardo Vega, Valente Vera, Angel Villasenor Gonzalez, Javier Yanez and Julio Zelaya.
National Honor Society membership was earned by Brenda Lopez Ardon, Alondra Nieto Arredondo, Jose Lino Dominguez, Osman Rodriguez and Tiyon Martin
Fifty-eight seniors earned placement on the Class of 2018 Honor Roll of those with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 over the 4 years at Muir. Four of those had a cumulative GPA of at least 4.0.
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