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Contact: Cheryl Lawson, 541-386-6665
EMPLOYEES OF THE NEXT DOOR AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS
Six students honored
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Hood River, Oregon (June 7): Five years ago, employees of The Next Door started a scholarship fund for clients and participants in their programs. Employees donate directly from their paychecks to help clients and participants access higher education. This year, they were able to award scholarships of $400 each to six promising young people.
Cesar Juarez became familiar with The Next Door through Teen Court where he has been an active volunteer since late 2009. Cesar also volunteers at F.I.S.H. Food Bank and as a soccer coach with the Dynamos Youth Soccer Association. As a senior on the Hood River Valley High School soccer team, he was selected as team captain and made first-team All Conference. He plans to attend Clark College in the fall majoring in electrical engineering.
Nancy Lopez has been involved with The Next Door in a number of ways. She has been an active participant in Health Media Club, a project of Nuestra Cominidad Sana, for nearly two years. She is also involved with Inspiration Circle, a group of young women that focuses on developing a positive self image and supporting each other in and outside of school. She plans to attend Oregon State University in the fall majoring in nursing.
Thalia Marquez was first introduced to The Next Door in 2008 through Camp Safe, a summer program to help incoming freshmen become familiar with and comfortable in the high school environment. She has participated in Challenge Day and Inspiration Circle and has developed a deeper understanding of the value of family and community through these activities. Thalia plans to attend Western Oregon University with a goal of becoming a dental hygienist.
Elevia Ritchie is interested in fashion and humanitarian work. She has a leadership role in Inspiration Circle where she has been active for several years. She has participated in Challenge Day, an event that encourages students to shift away from peer pressure and bullying and move toward positive support for one another. She is a founding member of the Fashion Club at Hood River Valley High School. Her plans include attending Simpson University in Redding, California with a major in Cross Cultural Studies.
Two Klahre House students were also awarded scholarships. Tracy first joined the Klahre House Alternative School in March 2010. Since then, he has participated in numerous school wide community service projects and has organized some service learning projects. Most notably, Tracy headed a school wide project to clean up the Port of The Dalles. He writes for the school newspaper, served on the student council for several terms and is on track to graduate a year early.
Julian has kept an impressive school record and calls himself a “lifelong student.” He has participated in several school community service projects including cleaning up Indian Creek, picking up trash, distributing clothing, planting native plants, and recycling for the Lions Club. Julian is known as a positive leader around the Klahre House. He is on track to graduate a semester early. Both Tracy and Julian plan to attend community college and transfer to a four-year college.