Published : Friday, June 9, 2017 | 2:14 PM
In a ceremonial presentation on Wednesday, four students graduating from John Muir High School were granted scholarship awards in recognition of their accomplishments and their aspirations in higher education and careers. Alejandra Galvan and Jasmine Guzman received “Frances Dyer Achievement Awards,” while Fatima Martinez and Luis Reyes received “Cameron Turner Achievement Awards.”
Alejandra Galvan plans to attend UC Santa Barbara and to major in Biology, though she is unsure of her career goals. During her high school years, she played softball and was involved in environmental issues. She wants to travel and see the world after college.
Jasmine Guzman has been accepted at Cal State Northridge, where she will major in Biology, with a goal of developing prosthetic devices for amputees. Her hobbies all revolve around art, and she has won awards in graphic design.
Fatima Martinez-Bolanos will be attending Cal State Northridge and plans to major in Criminal Justice. She is a serious amateur boxer, having worked out of Pasadena’s Villa Park Boxing Gym.since she was a child.
Luis Reyes has been accepted at UC Davis, where he plans to major in either Mechanical or Chemical Engineering. At Muir he has been active in student government, as well as drum corps, Green Club and Art Club.
These annual recognitions are made by the Altadena / Crown City Kiwanis Club in memory of two persons who, in the past, had important connections with both Muir and the local Kiwanis Club. Frances Dyer dedicated herself to Civil Rights causes in the Pasadena Area for nearly seventy years, being active in the NAACP and in the struggle over school integration and fair housing. She volunteered at Muir, as well as Edison Elementary and Eliot Middle schools. Her children, Krista Ober and Tom Dyer, both Muir graduates, financially support this achievement award through Kiwanis, since Frances and her husband Virgil were both members of the club..
Cameron Turner was the president of the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club at John Muir as a student. He continued his Muir connection over the years, through active involvement in the Alumni Association and by being coordinator of the school’s “Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development.” He spent his public career advocating for progressive causes and interracial understanding.
The Kiwanis Club’s current president, Jack Tillman, has invested his entire career in youth development through the YMCA. At the ceremony, he reminded the awardees and their families that Kiwanis has as its major focus “Serving the Children if the World” and pledged the club’s continued dedication to improving opportunities for all the children and youth of the community.
Muir Counselor Nancy Gonzalez Heusser accompanied the student awardees to a lunch meeting of the Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, June 7, where they received their checks and commemorative plaques.
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